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Drugs Trending Now and How They Affect Our Youth

Allegan County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Network180, Lakeshore Regional Partners, and Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force

Monday, September 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Drugs Trending Now and How They Affect Our Youth

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'Drugs Trending Now and How They  Affect  Our Youth Tomorrow'  

What is the primary drug of choice for teens?  What’s happening with youth and marijuana, post-medical marihuana? Are there new synthetic drugs since K2 and Bath Salts?  What about prescription drug abuse and teens? What’s happening with teen heroin use?  How do drugs affect the teen brain?  

The presenter, Dr. Kevin Sabet, is a national expert and commentator on the issues of emerging drug trends. He has been an advisor to the last three US presidential administrations and a consultant to the United Nations.

Here's an excerpt from an article Dr Sabet wrote on January 24, 2013 in response to an article written in favor of marijuana legalization:

"The alleged harms of cannabis on the teen mind and body are exaggerated"

Fact: By whom?  The producers of the 1936 film Reefer Madness? Maybe so. But today's science has moved beyond scare tactics and there are some general beliefs scientists hold about marijuana and its effects on teens:

Addiction: 1 in 6 kids who ever smoke marijuana will become addicted, according to independent research.    
Mental Health: Marijuana use is significantly linked with mental illness, especially schizophrenia and psychosis, but also depression and anxiety.

Learning: Heavy, persistent marijuana use in adolescence is linked to a strong decline in IQ. A new analysis of this study has raised doubts among some, but the original study authors redid their analysis and are sticking to their findings.  Also researchers unconnected to both studies have concluded that the new analysis does not overturn the original study. 


**Registration is free and includes a boxed lunch and beverage.  MCBAP credits will be available, as well as MCOLES credits. 


When & Where

Salvation Army Kroc Center
2500 Division Avenue South
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Monday, September 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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