Union City, New Jersey, like most of the country, is suffering from a substance abuse crisis. About 14% of all addiction treatment admissions in Union City in 2015 were for marijuana as the primary drug.1 It is a common misconception that marijuana is less harmful than many other substances; it can still cause serious side effects in those who abuse it, and in New Jersey, it is still considered a Schedule I substance.2
Marijuana abuse can cause a number of dangerous effects, such as:3
- Hallucinations, delusions, and potential psychosis.
- Memory lapses.
- Impaired brain development in adolescents.
- Breathing issues, including coughing and lung infection.
- Rapid heart rate.
- Worsening schizophrenia symptoms.
In addition, the use of marijuana, like other drugs, can lead to dependence. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms associated with marijuana dependence are:4
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping.
- Strong cravings for the drug.
- Decreased appetite.
- Anger and irritability.
Chronic marijuana abuse can ultimately lead to addiction, which is characterized by compulsive use regardless of consequences. If you or someone you love is struggling with a marijuana addiction, you can find rehab centers in Union City or nearby that will help you deal with issues related to marijuana abuse.
- NJ Human Services Department. (2015). Substance Abuse Overview Hudson County.
- NJ Department of Law & Public Safety. (2018). Division of Consumer Affairs to Hold Public Events on Classification of Marijuana as a Controlled Substance in New Jersey.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Drug Facts: Marijuana.
- National Center for Biotechnology Information. (2007). Marijuana Dependence and Its Treatment.