In a remarkable turn of events, research has unveiled a significant decrease in cannabis use among teenagers in Colorado.
The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, conducted by the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has reported a staggering 35% drop in cannabis usage among the youth.
This news comes as a breath of fresh air, instilling hope and optimism for the future of younger generations.
A Closer Look at the Numbers
The survey’s findings are nothing short of extraordinary.
The actual use of cannabis among teenagers has seen a substantial decline.
Previously, 20.6% of the youth admitted to using cannabis in the last 30 days.
The recent survey, however, shows a significant drop to just 13.3% in 2021.
This 35% decrease is a testament to the effectiveness of public health initiatives and awareness campaigns.
Perception and Accessibility
Another encouraging finding from the survey is the shift in perceived accessibility of cannabis among teenagers.
In 2019, a concerning 51.4% of teenagers believed that getting their hands on cannabis was easy.
Fast forward to the present, and this figure has dropped to 40.3%. This change in perception is a clear indication of the changing attitudes towards cannabis and its accessibility.
Driving Under the Influence
One of the most dangerous aspects of cannabis use among teenagers is the risk of driving under its influence. The survey has brought to light a significant decrease in this risky behaviour as well.
Previously, 11.2% of teenagers reported driving after using cannabis.
The recent survey shows this figure has halved to 5.5%, a clear sign of growing awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence.
The Bigger Picture
Truman Bradley, the Executive Director of the Marijuana Industry Group, expressed his delight at these promising figures. He noted that it’s not just the teenagers who are using less cannabis.
The cannabis sales have been on a ten-month decline for the first time ever.
This suggests a broader shift in attitudes and behaviours towards cannabis use, indicating that there is simply less money being spent on cannabis.
Beacon of hope
The results of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey are a beacon of hope in the ongoing battle against cannabis misuse among teenagers.
The significant decrease in usage, perceived accessibility, and instances of driving under the influence are all positive signs of the effectiveness of public health initiatives and changing attitudes towards cannabis.
This is a triumph for public health, a victory for our youth, and a step forward for Colorado society.