A tulsa woman was arrested on child neglect charges after her 7th child was born addicted to cocaine. Normally this would be a matter for DHS, but because the pattern is so disturbing, this has become a criminal matter.
According to a recently published study conducted by Duke University, marijuana, or more accurately consuming marijuana during the teenage years does in fact lower intelligence, permanently no less, and upwards of double digits.
There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to the development of addiction and some of them are unavoidable such as genetic and psychological vulnerability. However, one of the reasons people begin to drink or use drugs is that their substance abuse serves as a method of escape from reality.