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Marijuana Prevention

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We work to protect the health of youth.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department leads an effort to prevent youth ages 12-20 from using marijuana. Marijuana use is illegal for people under the age of 21. We work with community partners to create a unified approach to prevent use by youth.

Why is this work important?

  • Marijuana use puts teens at higher risk for addiction.
  • Youth who use marijuana are more likely to fail in school.
  • Most teens who enter drug treatment programs report marijuana is the main drug they use.
  • They rarely think they will have problems because of marijuana.
  • It is important to begin talking 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 101 Trainings


Contact the Prevention Program at (253) 377-5904 or tbaker@tpchd.org.

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