CHA News Article

New Tools Available for Talking to Teens About Marijuana

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has published two new booklets that provide parents and children with science-based information about marijuana. According to NIDA’s 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey, five-year trends show significant increases in past-year and past-month marijuana use among eighth, tenth and twelfth graders. Marijuana Facts for Teens addresses the effects marijuana use can have on the developing brain, its addiction risk and medicinal use. The booklet Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know offers tips for parents to identify whether their child uses marijuana, as well as how to discuss the issue with their teens. For more information and to download the booklets, visit the NIDA web page.

Commands