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Parents partner with youth to prevent marijuana use

May 2, 2016

Free Pierce County conference offers innovative approach in drug prevention

Pierce County youth, with the support of their parents, encouraged to pursue ‘natural high,’ not drugs. Financial incentive offered to those who attend.

TACOMA, Wash. – Marijuana use among youth in Pierce County is a widespread concern. Brain development continues for young people into their 20s. While the long-term effects of using marijuana on intelligence are unclear, according to the Washington State Department of Health, the drug can alter brain chemistry and interfere with academic achievement.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, in collaboration with Safe Streets, is leading a community partnership to help our young people succeed and not put their future at risk.

The Youth and Parent Marijuana Prevention Conference May 7 in Lakewood will bring together parents and youth 12 to 19 years old to discuss myths and facts about marijuana use. The potential health effects of marijuana are more concerning now that recreational use is legal.

“For youth already using marijuana, we want to see them cut back their use and eventually quit,” said Tutrecia Baker, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department health promotion coordinator. “For those who haven’t used marijuana, we don’t want them to start or to delay that first use for as long as possible,” Baker said.

The conference will include presentations, guest speakers, and breakout sessions. The format includes dancing and poetry, all in an interactive setting, with the use of social media during the conference. The event and parking are free. Sign up at: tinyurl.com/YPMPC2016.

The conference is Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College, McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Building 23, in Lakewood.

Contact
Tutrecia Baker, Health Promotion Coordinator
(253) 798-6545, (253) 377-5904 (cell/text), tbaker@tpchd.org

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