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Random Statistics

  • Marijuana is an addictive drug with significant health consequences to its users and others.
  • From 1993-2000, the number of emergency room marijuana mentions more than tripled.
  • According to a study by the National Institutes of Healthsomeone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day.

  • Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including most of the harmful substances found in tobacco smoke.

  • Smoking one marijuana cigarette deposits about four times more tar into the lungs than a filtered tobacco cigarette.

  • Harvard University researchers report that the risk of a heart attack is five times higher than usual in the hour after smoking marijuana. 

  • According to a Columbia University study, people smoking a single marijuana cigarette every other day for a year had a white-blood-cell count that was 39 % lower than normal, thus damaging the immune system and making the user far more susceptible to infection and sickness.

  • In 1999, more than 200,000 Americans entered substance abuse treatment primarily for marijuana abuse and dependence.
  • More teens are in treatment for marijuana use than for any other drug or for alcohol.

  • In 1999, adolescent admissions to substance abuse facilities for marijuana grew from 43 % to 60 %.
  • Marijuana is much stronger now than it was decades ago. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of commercial-grade marijuana increased to 5.57% in 1998.

  • In a 1990 report, the National Transportation Safety Board reports that 12.5% of car accidents are caused by drivers using marijuana.

  • Nationwide, 40% of adult males tested positive for marijuana at the time of their arrest.

Article composed by:Michelle Wu

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