Talking to kids about marijuana use is important, and can help prevent them
from using substances. Parents' and caregivers' attitudes toward substance use
help shape kids' choices and behaviors. In fact, the more acceptable that youth
believe that marijuana use is, the higher likelihood they will use marijuana.
There are many resources to help adults talk to kids about substance use. The National Institutes on Drug Abuse is just one of them. Among their resources are Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know. Tips for parents from this guide include:
Talk to your child often. Other resources you can use include starttalkingnow.org or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).
Washington youth had the opportunity to ask their questions about marijuana of local researcher, Dr. Jason Kilmer. In this video, he answers questions about addiction, brain chemistry and risks.
Healthy Youth Survey, 201659%
Percent of state 10th graders who use marijuana who believe their parents think using marijuana is not wrong.
that 1 in 6 people who start using marijuana as a teen will become addicted. The younger youth start, the harder it is to quit.
Health care providers are trusted experts on patient health and can screen patients for
addiction risk, contraindications with other substances, and can make
recommendations for safe storage and promote responsible use like advising
patients not to drive under the influence. Spokane Regional Health District provides educational materials
to health care providers.