Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug for Youth? Introduction The use of marijuana by adolescents has been shown to potentially lead the way into harder drug use, such as cocaine, crack, heroin, and methamphetamine. The goal of this research project is to assess whether this is the case for high school and college-aged adolescents and young adults currently living in the United States. This is an important research topic because of the myriad health implications of persistent drug use, including death. If marijuana is found to be a “gateway” or “starter” drug, anti-drug counseling and health care programs might be devised to more effectively help prevent the use of marijuana by young people and/or prevent increasing drug use after experimentation...The end:
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