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Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2)

GTY_synthetic_marijuana_kab_150611_16x9_992Several alerts have been issued in the past few weeks about the rising concern in our area about the use of synthetic cannabinoids (K2). The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reports that emergency department visits as a result of using this substance have continued to increase and there is mounting evidence of these products’ widespread availability in New York City and in surrounding areas, and throughout NY State. (more…)

Be Informed to Talk To Youth About Marijuana

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On January 1, 2016 marijuana will be available in New York State for some health conditions. Media coverage of locations of manufacturing facilities and dispensaries are already triggering confusion among adults and youth.

Parents and professionals need to be informed so they have the words to respond to teens’ questions and misperceptions and make it clear that marijuana use is unhealthy for teens. This is very important because as reported in the 2014 Monitoring the Future Study, even though the use of marijuana declined in 2014, perception of risk also declined. Almost 40 years of research has shown that decreased perception of harm precedes increased use of a drug. Therefore it is concerning that in 2014 the percentages of youth who believe regular marijuana use results in “great harm” physically or in other ways continued its long-term decline by 2.1 percentage points to 58.9% for 8th graders, 1.1 percentage points to 45.4% for 10th graders, and 3.4 percentage points to 36.1% for 12th graders. Now more than ever parents need to counteract this misperception and re-enforce that marijuana is not healthy for adolescents. (more…)

Challenges Of The Holidays

An ad around Thanksgiving and the holidays.There are many challenges during the holiday season.  The holidays can be very emotional, they can create stressful situations where families get overwhelmed, work too hard to have a nice celebration, spend too much money or have unrealistic expectations about the holidays.

Another challenge is that it is not unusual for adults and teens to be attending the same functions and alcohol is often available at most of these parties.  Alcohol may be put out on a table where there is no supervision in regard to people helping themselves to drinks, there might be someone serving drinks who is not monitoring a young person who asks for a drink and at a crowded party-setting it can be difficult for parents to keep track of their children. (more…)