Parents Need To Know The Dangers Of Marijuana And Vaping To Youth Brain Development
DALLAS, GEORGIA, May 1, 2019 - The Drug-Free Paulding is hosting a community-wide Marijuana and Vaping Summit on Monday, May 6, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m. at Hiram High School Auditorium, 702 Virgie Ballentine Drive, Hiram, Georgia 30141. Presenters will highlight the dangers of marijuana and vaping to youth brain development as well as the misconceptions that youth and adults have regarding these burning issues.
Presenters include Dr. Gregg Raduka, PhD, LPC, ICPS, Executive Director/CEO of Let’s Be Clear Georgia and Let’s Get Clear Georgia; Micah Gravely, Majority Caucus Vice Chairman or the Georiga House of Representatives; and Laura Searcy, MN, APRN, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, Chair of the Cobb Community Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse. Topics cover not only the truth and misunderstandings about marijuana, medical marijuana, and vaping; but also what the Georgia law currently says and what pending legislation includes.
Youth are very confused about marijuana and vaping. School systems across the country are inundated with adolescents vaping in school bathrooms, classrooms, and buses. Teachers, administrators, school counselors, and school law enforcement are overwhelmed by this issue. In a 2018 study by the Georgia Department of Public Health 32.2% of 12th graders reported having used a vape 1. According to the National Institue on Drug Abuse, more than 66% of youth also reported having no idea what was in vape liquid/e-juice 2.
According to Paulding County law enforcement, many youths are reporting that they have marijuana in their vapes. One 17-year-old student was amazed to learn that if she did indeed have marijuana in her vape, she could be charged as an adult with a felony.
Drug-Free Paulding is a federally-funded coalition working to prevent adolescent drug misuse in Paulding County, Georgia. The coalition is made up of representatives from the school system, law enforcement, government, business, civic organizations, religious organizations, healthcare, media, youth-serving organizations, parents, youth, and any other organizations involved with reducing substance misuse. Anyone is welcome to participate.
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