ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Leaders at Rosecrance say parents are afraid more children will be picking up a joint in the coming years.
With the national view of marijuana changing, from strict prohibition to slightly more lenient laws.
Rosecrance says right now they treat more than 1,000 children each year for drug abuse or dependency at their adolescent treatment center. They have almost eighty teenagers admitted to their treatment program, roughly 60% are there for marijuana use and the center feels with more states becoming lenient on marijuana use, that number will just grow and that the effects pot may have on the developing brain may be irreversible.
“Be snoopy, you know, you’re still their parent and it’s your job to help protect them. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being snoopy about that. Try to do it in as respectful a way as you can, but there’s no reason why you as a parent can’t try to get to the bottom of it,” said Dr. Thomas Wright with Rosecrance.
The treatment center says teens who smoke weed tend to experiment with harder drugs as they get older, which could add to the already growing heroin problem here in the Stateline.