First-Time Marijuana Use Soars During Summer Months

marijuana smokerBoredom leads teens to increased alcohol and drug use while school is out

The Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has warned parents that the initiation of marijuana use increases substantially in the summer time for teens.

With data gathered from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), researchers found that first-time marijuana use among teens increases by as much as 38 percent during June, July and August as compared to the rest of the year.

In a release on the Office of National Drug Control Policy website Director John Walters exclaimed, “Parents need to be especially vigilant over the next few months and help keep their kids drug-free.” It’s a message that one of the nation’s premier drug rehabilitation and education centers has been saying on the airwaves since May.

Dedicated staff members working at Narconon Arrowhead continue to help educate parents and kids across the nation through every outlet possible; proclaiming that while school is out a lack of activity for young people can lead to alcohol and drug use. They also focus on specific drugs of abuse, such as marijuana, to provide truth about these harmful substances and the cycle of addiction.

This message was confirmed by SAMHSA information that showed teens who reported that they were “often bored” were 50 percent more likely to smoke, drink, get drunk and use illegal drugs than teens who weren’t bored.

“That’s how I started getting drunk when I was in high school,” recalls a graduate of the Narconon® program, “During the summer I would go out drinking with friends because we didn’t feel like there was anything else to do. Little did I know that I’d end up dropping out of college, nearly taking my own life and going to rehab.”

According to Narconon Arrowhead’s Director of Public Promotion Jason Willoughby, “Every day we try to help parents keep their kids away from alcohol and drugs and offer solutions for their problems.” Willoughby, a former radio DJ, decided to join the team at Narconon Arrowhead to help make a positive difference in society. He and other staff members spend several hours per week conducting radio interviews on stations throughout the U.S.

Narconon Arrowhead is one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs in the country and it uses the proven drug-free methodology developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The unique program is highly successful in its approach to creating a world without drug abuse.

The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is also offering solutions for parents this summer. On their website adults can learn how to prevent their children from using marijuana or other drugs and can help them plan activities for their children throughout the summer.

For more information about Narconon Arrowhead and its life-saving programs and campaigns call 1-800-468-6933 or log on to

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