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High Percentage of Youth Suicides in Colorado involve Marijuana

Statistics and Toxicology Reports Reveal Marijuana – Suicide Link

The increasing number of youth suicides seems to be tied to two factors, bullying and marijuana.  Although bullying may be a reason that youth turn to marijuana, in doesn’t resolve the underlying issues making them depressed or upset.  The outcomes for trying to resolve such issues using marijuana are very poor, and in fact marijuana usually makes problems much worse.

Colorado has tracked suicides before and after legalization, and policy makers should be alarmed by the results.

The numbers show an increasing number of suicides by year and by age group.  The youngest group (10 – 14 yo) have increased nearly 270% from 2005-08 to 2013-16.  The next age group (15 – 19 years)  increased by 133% over the same period. The 20-24 years group increased by 128% over the same time period. All of these jumps are very significant.

Total Number of CO Suicides by 4 Yr Blocks and Age
Total 10-14 yo 15-19 yo 20-24 yo
2005-2008 (4 yrs) 3108 23 169 273
2009-2012 (4 yrs) 3674 45 171 294
2013-2016 (4 yrs) 4265 62 225 350
2009 = Yr Med MJ Commercialization (legal sales) started
2013 = Yr Recreational MJ sales started

 

This Graph Demonstrates Clear Relationship Between Cannabis Legalization and Suicide Rates

Note in the below graph that suicide rates were falling in Colorado prior to medical marijuana legalization. Then they started to rise. They fell off slightly but then skyrocketed when Colorado voters decided to green light the recreational marijuana industry.

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All Age Groups Suicide Rate Colorado

The percent of marijuana found in bodies of all suicide victims DOUBLED (from 8.1% prior to legal mj sale, 8.7% during the years of medical mj sales, TO 16% in recreational mj sales years) since recreational sales of marijuana started in 2013 from the preceding two time frames.  THIS should be extremely concerning….  Yet legislators are plowing ahead ….

Increase in suicide for all ages seems tied to availability of the drug.

Toxicology on kids with completed suicide from Colorado 2004-2015 (no data for ’16, ’17).

One scientific study shows the  teens who are daily marijuana users are 7x more likely to attempt suicide than non-users.

Another theory as to why marijuana is prevalent is that marijuana can decrease the vomiting reflex. If a person ingests a lethal dose of chemicals that can kill them, the body will try to expel them by vomiting. If a person takes an anti-nausea substance, it may allow those chemicals to stay in their system, therefore allowing the chemicals to kill them.

Ten- to Nineteen-Year-Olds are the Most Vulnerable to Marijuana Related Suicide

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State of Colorado, Suicide Toxicology, 10-19 year olds

 

Programs to prevent youth suicides need to also be concerned with preventing youth marijuana usage. Nine out of eleven teens who committed suicide in one Colorado community had marijuana in their system.  It is pathetic. To learn how one teen used marijuana to deal with bullying and then committed suicide, please listen to the following You Tube.

Marijuana Cessation

If your child quits using marijuana, please be sure to give them counseling and support as much as possible.  Since the heavy use of this drug can deplete 20% of your natural dopamine, it takes time for the brain to recover and regain the natural occurring chemicals.

There’s a risk for suicide after marijuana cessation. The greatest risk comes six months after beginning abstention, according to Dr. Drew Pinsky. In these cases toxicology won’t show the connection with the drug, and yet, it is well known by researchers that marijuana causes mood disorders like depression which in the most serious cases lead to suicide. Learn more about suicide risk and marijuana on the MomsStrong.org website.  We previously wrote a three-part series on marijuana and suicide.

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National Drug Prevention Alliance: Dismantle Pot Industry

By Peter Stoker, National Drug Prevention Alliance   As members of the worldwide drug prevention movement, the National Drug Prevention Alliance (UK) has been greatly saddened to see how the United States of America has allowed marijuana to be available in so many places for so-called medical and recreational purposes.  This far from harmless substance causes pain and hardship to individuals, families and communities.

drug-prevention-logo(Should you wish to inform yourself more on marijuana, may we respectfully suggest that you log-on to www.drugprevent.org.uk where you will find many  scientific items about this harmful substance).

There is also research which shows that regular, heavy users of marijuana go on to use cocaine. (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry  Kleber, Herbert MD. (Suppl) pp3-6 1988) Continue reading

Choosing a College? Don’t Send Your Kid to Colorado

Or California, or Oregon or Washington

It’s that time of year when high school seniors apply to college and make decisions about their future.  By all means, they need to avoid colleges in Colorado, based on all reports we’re hearing from  that state.  It’s not the educational program, it’s the culture.  In Colorado, it’s even hard for high schools to educate their students.

Any state that legalizes marijuana creates a culture that normalizes drug use, which includes use of all drugs.   For example, in Pueblo, Colorado, 12 percent of the high school seniors have tried heroin. Continue reading

Time to Get Mad against Stoned Driving

Driver, allegedly high on marijuana, killed father of four

Joseph Bresnyan, a 40-year-old father of four, was changing a flat tire along Interstate 80 near Sacramento on May 3.  A passing motorist drifted onto the shoulder of the highway,  struck him and killed him.   California Highway Patrol arrested the other driver on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular homicide.   He tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Californians approved pot legalization last November, but the impaired driver didn’t realize that driving after smoking is dangerous.  The public shares much of this ignorance and technology has not caught up with policy.   Law enforcement is scrambling to find good ways to test for and control stoned Continue reading