Colorado School Safety Resource Center Marijuana Materials
Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know, December 2014
Other Marijuana Materials
- This resource bank provides public schools in Colorado the tools necessary to help address marijuana in the age of legal recreational use for adults.
- The Colorado Department of Education has collected K-12 public school drug, alcohol, and tobacco incidents since the 2000-2001 school year. A ten-year trend can be viewed at: Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs Colorado School Trends.
- Provides resources that may be helpful to educate school staff, students, parents, and the broader public about the dangers of substance abuse. Information includes how using drugs may impede learning and undermine student achievement.
- Read about the sudden 10-year high of 5,048 discipline issues in the 2009-10 school year as the upward trend continued in 2010-11 with 5,519 referrals.
- Understand the Big Deal: How Marijuana Harms Youth
- Marijuana-Related Bill Tracker from The Violence and Injury Prevention - Mental Health Promotion Branch Prevention Services Division
- Good to Know Colorado (CDPHE)
- On January 5, 2015 the Colorado Department of Health & Environment launched a new media campaign to educate Colorado adults and visitors about the safe, legal and responsible use of retail marijuana.
- "Good to Know" Connecting with Youth Groups Took Kit. This kit is designed for counselors, teachers, after-school or extracurricular group leaders, youth mentors, substance abuse prevention professionals, local youth coalition leaders and other community organizations that serve young people. It’s designed to get youth talking about the goals that matter to them and how retail marijuana can get in their way.
- "Good to Know" Press Release
- "Good to Know" Facts
- "Good to Know" FAQs
- Retail marijuana public health information (CDPHE)
- Retail Marijuana: Methods of Use
- Tips for Youth-Serving Professionals
- Tips for Parents. Available in Spanish
- Youth and Marijuana. Available in Spanish
- Answers to Common Questions about Marijuana
- Marijuana and Your Baby. Available in Spanish
- Retail Marijuana in Colorado Health Effects
- Retail Marijuana: Laws and Responsible Use
- Retail Marijuana: Information for Tourists
- You can also request technical assistance regarding Retail Marijuana Education and Youth Prevention. This page includes information about the effects of marijuana use and education and prevention campaign resources.
- Guidance Letter Regarding Tobacco Free Schools, December 2014
- The Tobacco Free Schools statute was amended in 2013 by Senate Bill 13-283 to require school districts to prohibit retail marijuana use on school property.
- Access tools and resources to support the implementation of the updated Tobacco Free Schools statute from RMC Health.
- This website was created in 2014 and is managed and administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on behalf of the Office of the Governor and in partnership with a broad team of Colorado State agencies and partners.
- Colorado.gov/marijuana was created to provide statewide current information for the general public about the laws, data and health effects of marijuana. The information available here will continually expand to feature a Spanish language version of the site, newly released data and public awareness campaigns to inform Coloradans.
- Information for Parents including effects on youth, safe storage & accessibility, and how to talk to youth about marijuana
- Purposes of the PTA
- To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
- To raise the standards of home life.
- To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
- To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
- To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
- E-Cigarettes Posing Health Danger to Children Tip Sheet, 2014
- Keeping Kids Safe from Edible Marijuana Products Tip Sheet, 2014
- Marijuana Effects on Adolescents Tip Sheet, 2014
Offers information about child mental health — particularly as it relates to substance use, abuse and addiction, including evidence-based medicine that has practical, real-world applications.
Monitoring the Future
- National survey on drug use from 1975-2011 for secondary school students. Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.
- Monitoring the Future, 2012
- Monitoring the Future, 2011
- Monitoring the Future, 2010
- Learn about Marijuana use and effects from research by the National Institutes of Health.
- Download or order free hardcopies of publications.
- Drug Facts: Is Marijuana Medicine?
- Drug Facts: Marijuana | en Español
- Updated and revised in January 2014
- Marijuana: Facts for Teens | en Español
- Updated and revised in October 2013
- Research Report Series: Marijuana Abuse
- NEW Help Teens Make Healthy Choices
- This science-based NIDA toolkit provides facts about drugs and their effects for teachers, counselors, nurses, parent- and youth-serving organizations, and anyone with opportunities to educate teens.
- Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of young people. While many challenges remain, overall drug use in the United States has dropped substantially over the past thirty years.
- Published by the Seattle Children's Foundation in 2014
- This guide was created in Washington and contains information about Washington resources and laws, however the advice is applicable in Colorado.
- The guide contains information about effects of marijuana on adolescent physical and behavioral health, tips for parents to talk to their children about not using marijuana even if they have used it, and signs that a teen may be using marijuana.
- Article published 8/27/12 on CNN.
- Researchers found that adolescents who used marijuana at least four days per week lost an average of eight IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38.
- Abstract of the study, published 8/27/12, is available at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
- NEW Website launched January 2017. Principalsforprinciples.org offers resources on the topic of adolescent marijuana use. Offering prevention materials in the form of guides, lesson plans and videos.
Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA)
- Colorado Youth Marijuana Use: Up – Down – Flat? Examine the Data and You Decide! . DENVER – On June 21, 2016, The Denver Post published an article “Survey: Pot use among Colorado teens flat,” based on the recently-released 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) released Rocky Mountain HIDTA has been inundated with inquiries regarding this article and, therefore, prepared a press release for clarification and consideration by the reader.
Statistics on Youth Drug Use
- Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Results
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
- Download digital versions of research relating to youth and marijuana use.
- Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) tools to help practitioners prevent youth marijuana use in their states and communities
- Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Youth Marijuana Use, June 2014, offering a summary of research findings on factors associated with youth marijuana use.
- Strategies and Interventions to Prevent Youth Marijuana Use: An At-a-Glance Resource Tool, June 2014, providing brief summaries of the strategies and associated interventions.
- Prevention Programs that Address Youth Marijuana Use, June 2014, presenting detailed descriptions of substance abuse prevention strategies and associated interventions that have been evaluated to determine their effects on marijuana outcomes.
- Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: An Annotated Bibliography, June 2014, providing abstracts for the resources presented throughout the suite.
- Tips for Teens: The Truth about Marijuana
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR)
- Article published 8/22/12 in the Hartford Courant.
- The study finds that marijuana use was associated with an increased likelihood of prescription drug abuse in 18-25 year old men and women.
- Abstract of the study is available online from the Journal of Adolescent Health
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