Is Marijuana a Rite of Passage?

Listen to Dr. Robert DuPont’s discussion on High Truths on Drugs and Addiction, Episode # 13.

Is marijuana a rite of passage? Is drug use, like sex, inevitable in teens and young adults? Listen to Dr. Robert DuPont’s discussion on High Truths on Drugs and Addiction, Episode # 13. Dr. Dupont is an IASIC physician advisor, the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and our nation’s second Drug Czar.

Dr. DuPont gets right to the data in challenging the myth that “everyone uses marijuana.” That’s not what the data states. Most teens do not use weed. Using drugs is not a biological need such as sex or reproduction. The animal kingdom is not naturally attracted to drugs that are destructive to their species. Dr. Dupont promotes the Once Choice program – no alcohol, nicotine or marijuana until age 25 when the brain is done growing. That is the best way to prevent and greatly decrease drug overdose in our country.

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About Robert L. DuPont, MD
For 50 years, Robert L. DuPont, MD has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He was the first Director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). From 1968-1970 he was Director of Community Services for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. From 1970-1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration. In 1978 he became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit research and policy organization that identifies and promotes powerful new ideas to reduce drug use and addiction. A graduate of Emory University, Dr. DuPont received an MD degree in 1963 from the Harvard Medical School. He completed his psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. DuPont maintains an active practice of psychiatry specializing in addiction and the anxiety disorders and has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980.

He is the author of Chemical Slavery: Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Drug Epidemic published in 2018.

For more about Dr. DuPont’s work and the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. visit www.IBHinc.orgwww.StopDruggedDriving.org, and www.OneChoicePrevention.org.

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