Drug Wars: Up Against the Stem
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(Apr 01, 2003)
Several teens are in drug treatment counseling describing how their marijuana use spiraled out of control. They tell stories about 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. 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. The video explains how marijuana can cause permanent damage to the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system. By describing changes in growing techniques, the program makes the case that marijuana is no longer a natural substance.