In the new series 'Toolbox Update' I'll be posting tools available online for activists who may be facing tough conversations with police, authorities or their family members.
In 2014 the Drug Policy Alliance issued a paper titled, "Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs"
The author is Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD. In the booklet (downloadable as a .pdf) Dr. Rosenbaum covers a variety of topics, including:
• Is it true that marijuana is significantly more potent and dangerous today than in the past?
• Is today's marijuana really more addictive than ever before?
• Does marijuana really cause people to seek out "harder" drugs?
• Is it true that smoking marijuana causes lung cancer?
• What about the impact of marijuana on the adolescent brain?
• How will legalization of marijuana affect teens?
Dr. Rosenbaum reports that the highest teen use of marijuana occurs from 3-6pm, when students are out of school and unsupervised.
You can find the entire document at the above address. It is worth the read.
DPA has reprints available for those who wish to purchase in bulk for distribution to community groups or parent organizations.
To obtain additional copies of Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs please contact:
Drug Policy Alliance
Source: The Compassion Chronicles