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Teen alcohol, drug dependence linked to poor life outcomes in adulthood

November 21, 2017

Teenagers who are dependent on alcohol and marijuana are significantly less likely to attain life goals such as academic success and the achievement of full-time employment, according to a recent presentation held at The American Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo.

“This study found that chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood,” Elizabeth Harari, MD, from the University of Connecticut Health Center, said in a press release. “Awareness of marijuana’s deleterious effects will be important moving forward, given the current move in the United States toward legalization for medicinal and possibly recreational use.”

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