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Your Growing Brain

Your brain is still forming through the age of 25, so using substances like alcohol and weed as a teen can cause changes in the brain that will impact your ability to learn. Alcohol and weed can also cause major physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes.

Motivation & Memory

Using weed can affect short-term brain function, making it harder to pay attention and stay motivated. You need both to stay focused on achieving your goals. Alcohol and weed can also impact your memories, making the things you care about the most quickly fade.

Maintaining Control

Drinking alcohol and using weed can impact your emotions, social life, and behavior. You can lose control now and in the future. Substance use reduces the chemicals in your body that are key to pleasure and satisfaction. They can alter the part of the brain responsible for emotional regulation (the amygdala) and are linked to substance use disorders or mental health disorders. Stay in control when tough emotions hit by talking to a friend, listening to music, and playing sports.

Invisible Threat

More pills are now being laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid 50x stronger than heroin, and you can't see, smell, or taste it. Fake pills can look real, and 6 out of 10 Fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills now contain a potentially lethal dose.

Substance-Free Success Hits Different

Weed and alcohol may not immediately throw you off track, but every time you use substances, you’re setting yourself back and hitting pause on your future.

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