Interest in marijuana treatment programs among teenage smokers and nonsmokers

Amy J. Sheer, David A. Gorelick, Charles C. Collins, Jennifer R. Schroeder, Stephen J. Heishman, Michelle K. Leff, Eric T. Moolchan

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Abstract

Little is known about adolescents' interest in marijuana treatment programs. This question was evaluated by telephone interview in a convenience sample of 575 adolescents responding to advertisements for tobacco research studies. Eighty-one percent of respondents endorsed the need for marijuana treatment programs for adolescents. These adolescents were younger and less likely to smoke tobacco, smoke marijuana, or use alcohol than those not endorsing such a need. Among the 192 marijuana smokers, the 58.8% who endorsed the need for marijuana treatment programs took their first puff of marijuana at a younger age than those who did not endorse the need. Those who were willing to participate in a marijuana treatment program were more likely African American and took their first marijuana puff at a younger age than those not interested in treatment. These findings suggest that most adolescent marijuana smokers endorse the need for and are willing to attend marijuana treatment programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-425
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Cessation
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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