efforts featured on TVW's The Impact
A survey scheduled for this fall will reveal whether marijuana use among Washington youth is on the rise, state officials say.
Although the hope is that marijuana use among teens will stay flat – as shown in a 2014 survey – or even decline, the “predictors are that it will go up,” said Michael Langer, prevention and treatment supervisor for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery at DSHS. That is because as the so-called “perception of harm” with marijuana, as with any drug, goes down, its use will often rise. Langer said that the lower perception of harm seems to pre-date the legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use, tying it instead to the legalization of marijuana for medical use some years before.
Langer and Steve Smothers, marijuana education and prevention manager for the Washington Department of Health, appeared on TVW’s The Impact to speak about youth substance abuse issues and the Healthy Youth Survey, taken every two years by 220,000 middle and high school age students.
Smothers cautions that there is “a lot of misinformation out there” and while more research needs to be done, “we as educators need to educate people about the risks of marijuana.”
When show host Anita Kissée asked what the state is doing to prevent youth use, Smothers pointed to the recent launch of the youth-focused web site ListentoYourSelfie.org that explains how marijuana might hamper a youth’s chances of fulfilling goals like a college degree or athletic achievements. Langer pointed to efforts by a multi-agency healthy youth coalition and the web site StartTalkingNow.org that educates parents on how to talk to their children about alcohol and marijuana use.
“Grade school is not too early,” Langer said. The state hosts two youth-focused events, the Spring Youth Forum and the Washington Prevention Summit in the fall, that brings teams together to showcase youth prevention efforts.
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