We must educate our children about the dangers of marijuana

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I write to comment on a panel that I recently served on at the YMCA hosted in conjunction with Liberation Program.

This is part of a commendable effort to promote education of parents in Greenwich and the larger Fairfield County area on the impact of drug usage on the adolescent brain. A specific point was made regarding the usage of marijuana, which is being currently being studied in many medical universities across the country.

These timely investigations are showing that, far from being an innocuous teen pastime, marijuana is indeed a gateway drug and has long-lasting, permanent remodeling of the teenage brain. Studies are clear in showing permanent significant drops in IQ (Duke), remodeling simulating schizophrenia (Northwestern) and many others documenting chemical brain changes prohibiting memory imprinting and recall.

This is a clear call to action and it clearly will take a societal change in how marijuana is viewed to save our children from themselves.

Rosa Fini

The author is a practicing pediatrician in Greenwich.

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