|Marijuana is not the safe drug that many would have you believe it is. Each joint is as harmful as five tobacco cigarettes, and when a joint is smoked, more than 2,000 chemicals are absorbed by the lungs. In addition, this drug has detrimental effects on memory and it hinders learning. And - habitual use of marijuana leads to the likelihood that the pot smoker will be attracted to harder drugs. Learn how you can steer clear of a path that can only lead to heartache and ruin.
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1) Students will learn about the many harmful effects of marijuana.
2) Students will learn how the frequent use of marijuana can eventually lead to the use of more dangerous drugs.
3) Students will learn where they can seek help for drug abuse.
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"Designed to supplement the health and drug awareness curriculum for most junior and senior high school students, this program presentsa hard-hitting, realistic, and factually based picture of the short and long term effects of marijuana use. Its teaching objectives are clear and well met. The video begins by describing what marijuana is, how it may be consumed by people, and the sensations it arouses in its users. Graphic descriptions present the effects of marijuana on the body, emotions, and overall lives of its users, and how it frequently encourages users to move on to more powerful, more addictive drugs. The presentation concludes with ways to avoid being entrapped by marijuana use, and places for drug users to seek help. The depictions of young users of marijuana are current and graphic. Some parts of the video, especially when it shows the more dramatic effects of habitual drug use, may be too raw for some audiences. In particular, a very graphic drive-by shooting is shown. The female narrator is calm and professional. The script accurately conveys the dangers of drug use without becoming preachy. Visuals include live action with some animation. The actors are ethnically diverse. The overall visual and aural quality is good. The program would be most suitable for group viewing, with teacher guidance, since it introduces complicated topics quite quickly, especially in its discussion of the biological effects of marijuana on the brain and central nervous system."
SOURCE: School Library Journal, December 2000 Issue
AUTHOR: Sallie Barringer, Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, OH
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal Copyright ©
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