Today begins National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) – started by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it inspires meaningful conversations around youth substance use. We are honored to partner with NIDA to share facts around topics that are often steeped in misinformation and stigma.
The majority of people who reach out to our helpline are concerned about marijuana. Today, we are answering some important questions related to the substance itself and how to talk to young people in your life about marijuana.
Why is it important for parents to be informed about marijuana?
Nearly 30% of people who use it have a mild, moderate or severe form of marijuana use disorder.
Young people who use marijuana are 4 to 7 times more likely than adults to become addicted to marijuana; however, the longer teens and young adults delay use while their brains are developing, the less likely they are to develop a marijuana use disorder or addiction.
What are the risks of my child using marijuana?
Teens and young adults are among the most at risk to the harms of marijuana. Marijuana can affect people differently, but here are some common effects:
Brain development can be negatively impacted, including decision-making and impulse control
Anxiety and psychoses (how people view reality) can increase
Attention, learning and memory can be negatively impacted
Slower reaction time, can affect driving and increase injury risk
Can lead to addiction
How do I talk to my child about marijuana?
When connecting with a child or young person in your life about marijuana, it’s important to remember:
Not to lecture – listen and understand their perceptions of marijuana
Be clear about your position
Let them know that this is a health concern
Avoid focusing on punishment
Where can I go to learn more about marijuana basics, risks of use or protecting youth from its harm?
Register Now for Our Upcoming Webinar: "Coping with Holiday Stress - Supporting Child and Family Resilience"
On Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 pm, the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center is hosting a Family and Caregiver webinar: "Coping with Holiday Stress - Supporting Child and Family Resilience."
We will be joined by Dr.Vera Feuer, from Northwell Health, to discuss how stress and the holidays can impact your mental health. We will discuss how to support your mental health, how to support the mental health of our youth and families, and how to promote resilience during these times.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which provides broadband internet service for eligible New York City households, at a reduced cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit. Families can confirm their eligibility, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:
Monthly Benefit: A discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or
One-time Device Discount: A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10-$50), where available
Please see the attached flyer below for more details.
A healthy school setting gives all students the best chance to learn and grow. Vaccines are very important to this effort. They protect children from getting and spreading diseases that can make them very sick. For this reason, we require children aged 2-months to 18-years-old who are entering or attending child care, public school, or private school be vaccinated against certain diseases.
Please click on the link below to visit the NYC DOE website for Immunization Requirements.
It’s important we come together as a school community and support one another as neighbors and New Yorkers during this time. The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our chief priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly, keeping you informed.
Please click on the link below for the latest updates from the NYC Department of Education.