Our work to protect the health of youth.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department leads a regional effort to prevent youth ages 12-20 from using marijuana. Marijuana use is illegal for people under the age of 21 years old. We work with community partners to create a unified approach to prevent youth marijuana use.
Why is this work important?
Marijuana use puts teens at greater risk for addiction and failing in school. Most teens who enter drug treatment programs report marijuana is the main drug they use. They rarely think they will end up with problems because of marijuana. It is important to begin talking to them about the risks early.
The good news is:
- 84% of parents in Pierce County have clear rules about drugs.
- Kids say their parents are the most influential people in their lives.
- Youth are less likely to use marijuana if they believe their community thinks it's wrong for them to use.
It's important that parents, schools, and communities all work together to keep youth healthy and safe.
- Youth Marijuana Prevention Toolkit—Learn more about marijuana use and prevention.
- You Can WA
- Start Talking Now—Get help talking to your kids about healthy choices.
- Marijuana 101
- Lock it Up!
- King County Youth Marijuana Prevention Program—A Parent's Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use
- Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board—Marijuana
- Keep Talking Pierce County—Facebook
Contact the Prevention Program at (253) 377-5904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.