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January/February 2009, Volume 17, Number 1 

Marijuana Use & Perceptions of Risk

There’s a connection between use of marijuana by young people and their perceptions of how risky that use may be.

According to data from 2002 to 2007, youth age 12 to 17 who perceived great risk from smoking marijuana once a month were much less likely to have used marijuana in the past month than those who perceived moderate to no risk (1.4 versus 9.5 percent).

These and other findings are presented in Marijuana Use and Perceived Risk of Use among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007, a recent report from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

In general, the prevalence of past-month marijuana use among adolescents decreased from 2002 (8.2 percent) to 2005 (6.8 percent), and then remained constant between 2005 and 2007.

Photo of a pensive teenage boy in a high school hallway

The percentage of adolescents who perceived great risk from smoking marijuana once a month increased between 2002 (32.4 percent) and 2003 (34.9 percent), and then remained relatively stable between 2003 and 2007.

Females were more likely to perceive great risk than were males (36.7 versus 32.4 percent). The percentage of adolescents who perceived great risk decreased with age, from 42.1 percent of those age 12 or 13 to 35.1 percent of those age 14 or 15 and 26.9 percent of those age 16 or 17.

For more details, read Marijuana Use and Perceived Risk of Use among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007.

Previously in SAMHSA News

Manuals Guide Teen Marijuana Use Treatment, May/June 2004

Marijuana: Age at First Use Has Impact, May/June 2005

Guidelines Released on Marijuana Counseling, January/February 2006

Boulder, Boston Areas Report Most Marijuana Use, July/August 2005




  New Tools for the Field  
Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Fourteen new informational briefs can help employers address substance use problems.

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Build and strengthen an Assertive Community Treatment team using a new toolkit.

TIP 48: Managing Depressive Symptoms

Managing Depressive Symptoms

Depressive symptoms can interfere with your clients’ recovery and ability to participate in treatment.


  Special Populations  
Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Think drug abuse is just a problem among adolescents and college kids? Many adults age 50 and older report substance abuse.


  Suicide Prevention  
Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance abuse is a major risk factor for suicide. Experts weigh in on how to address the problem.

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

What do you do if you think someone on YouTube may be at risk for suicide?

Dr. Phil Promotes Lifeline on YouTube

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline took center stage when it was promoted as a resource on “Dr. Phil.”


  Recovery  
2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

Recovery Month celebrates its 20th year in September!


  Trends and Data  
Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth show declines in cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use from 2002 to 2007.

Marijuana & Adolescents

Marijuana & Adolescents

There’s a connection between use of marijuana by young people and their perceptions of how risky that use may be.

Serious Psychological Distress

Serious Psychological Distress

In 2007, 24.3 million adults age 18 or older experienced past-year serious psychological distress.


  Also In This Issue  
Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Tune in to the new monthly Webcast series and share your opinions about things you read.

Introducing Our Print Redesign

Introducing Our Print Redesign

SAMHSA News in print has a whole new look! Find out what we changed and why.



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