An inspiration to families: Several teens, in a drug treatment counseling session, tell their stories about how their marijuana use spiraled out of control. Stories of being kicked out of school, losing the trust of friends and family, selling possessions that were important to them, missing out on activities like sports, and getting in trouble with the law. In each of the teen's stories we hear how they never expected to suffer all the consequences of marijuana use when they first decided to try it. Instead, they were surprised to find how desperate they became in their need to get high.
The teens’ stories are integrated with the scientific side of marijuana use. Eric Martin, a national expert on drug abuse, explains how marijuana use can cause permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system. By describing changes in growing techniques, he also presents a convincing case that marijuana is no longer a natural substance.
What your Audience will Learn:
Today's marijuana is NOT really natural How changes in growing techniques have affected marijuana's potency.
How marijuana affects your heart, lungs, brain, and memory/
What is really meant by "getting high."
How marijuana interacts with other drugs.
DRUG WARS - Up Against the Stem is designed to be used by anyone who has the task of teaching someone about the real problem with marijuana and teaching about drug abuse. Some of you will be able to develop a discussion outline by simply watching the film. The links below contain a discussion guide for the audience and a complete guide for an instructor or group leader to enhance the presentation of this powerful film.