New tool kit provides advice for talking
to youth about risks of marijuana use
A new tool kit developed by the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition (formerly RUaD) is aimed at helping parents talk to middle and high school youth about marijuana use, which is still illegal in Washington state for those under 21.
While the bulk of this second annual report focuses on experience in Colorado, its findings can provide insights on the impact of legalization for recreational and medical use in other states as well. Data and case summaries range in topics from youth and adult marijuana use, impaired driving and how and where in the nation Colorado marijuana ends up in the marketplace.
The study also looks at whether there has there been an increase in Denver’s crime rate since the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2013, the number of pets that have been poisoned from ingesting marijuana and whether youth exposure to drug has increased.
Among its findings are that the number of traffic fatalities involving drivers testing positive for marijuana increased 100 percent from 2007 to 2012, and that the number of marijuana-related visits to emergency rooms increased 57 percent between 2011 and 2013.
The amount of marijuana of Colorado origin seized in 40 other states increased 397 percent from 2008 to 2013, the report states.
Letter to Teens
National Institute for Drug Abuse offers tips
to teens concerning risks of marijuana use
targets health care professionals
punishment for those who use illicit drugs
"Our prisons and jails are already overcrowded with people who desperately need compassionate, evidence-based treatment for the disease of addiction--not a jail cell," Acting ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli states in a blog post announcing the strategy.
New York TimesFeds limit availability of painkiller hydrocodone
WASHINGTON - The federal government has tightened restrictions on prescribing the most common form of painkiller in the country, the final step in a policy shift that has been years in the making, according to an article in the New York Times. The stricter rule for hydrocodone, which is the most widely prescribed painkiller in the United States and which is an ingredient in medications such as Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents, is one of the most far-reaching efforts to stop the growing epidemic of prescription-drug abuse.
Heavy pot use in teen years may predict later-life disability
A long-term study of Swedish men finds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18, especially the heaviest users, were more likely to end up on the nation’s disability rolls by age 59, reports Shereen Lehman in an article published in Reuters Health. It’s unclear whether the pot use in adolescence may have led to more severe substance abuse or was an early sign of psychiatric or social factors that contributed to later disability, the researchers caution. Read more.
Groups to steer kids away from marijuana
A school-based initiative to steer youth away from using marijuana is the goal of a partnership between the Kittitas County Public Health Department and the Kittitas County Community Network and Coalition, reports by Mike Johnston of the Daily Record in Ellensburg. Local officials hope that a program using teens in peer relationships to discourage fellow teens and grade-school children from using marijuana will start this fall.
Sunnyside renews moratorium marijuana businesses
Officials in Sunnyside have extended the city's ban on recreational marijuana sales by another six months, the Yakima Herald reports. City officials decided a longer moratorium allows them to wait while lawsuits in other parts of the state progress and the Legislature reconvenes to possibly give cities more direction.
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