The rate of car accident deaths caused by a driver under the influence of marijuana has increased in Los Angeles County by 620% between 2003 and 2014, according to the County of Los Angeles Public Health. Similarly, rates of admission to the ER due to use of marijuana in LA County have jumped up 602% between 2006 and 2015.1
Despite the fact that California has legalized marijuana for recreational use, it is clear that some of the dangers associated with the drug are a legitimate threat. Marijuana is not harmless, as many people believe. In fact, levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, have increased over the years, paralleling the increase in ER visits, deaths on the road, and rates of marijuana addiction.
For families in Lynwood, California, the threat of marijuana is serious. For those who are in their teens and those who use the drug every day, the risk of addiction is highest, but about 1 in 9 people who experiment with the drug will ultimately develop an addiction.1 Anyone who uses the drug and gets behind the wheel is not only putting their own safety at risk but the safety of others in the car and on the road as well.
Because marijuana is an addictive substance, families who are in crisis can turn to comprehensive and research-based addiction treatment programs just as they would for any substance of choice. Call now to speak with a treatment advisor about your options for rehab and recovery.
. County of Los Angeles Public Health. (2017). Substance Abuse Prevention and Control
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