With the passing of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the City of Sacramento has partnered with the Sacramento County Coalition for Youth, Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services and Department of Behavioral Health Services, to provide youth and parents with information about the new law and the effects of marijuana on youth.
Teen brains react differently to marijuana than adult brains. Adolescence is a time of rapid brain growth and regular long-term use by teens can cause long-term damage to developing brain structures.
If you have young people in your life, start talking to them about marijuana.
A Columbia University Study found the best prevention for youth substance use, violence, and negative mental health outcomes is simply having a sit-down family dinner, five days a week, where parents engage with their children.
You might be surprised at how much influence your words, actions, and opinions can have on your child’s choices. Speak up and get the conversation started.
Know the different ways your teen may be using marijuana. Marijuana comes in many forms other than the kind you smoke. Edibles, like candy, cookies, and brownies, waxes, and even beverages are now available. Edible marijuana is sold in quantities and potencies that are potentially lethal and damaging to the teen brain.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal and contributes to vehicle crashes, which are the #1 cause of death for young drivers. More than 3,000 Californians are killed every year due to impaired driving and, after alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to impaired driving.
Talk to your kids, talk to other parents, and help Sacramento youth focus on their future and say no to consuming marijuana.
For more prevention information, visit Sacramento County Coalition for Youth, National Institute on Drug Abuse or Just Think Twice.
Sacramento County Coalition for Youth
Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services
Department of Behavioral Health Services
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Just Think Twice