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 use. 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.