Reduction of 30-day marijuana use among youth and young adults is the goal for both our statewide Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) and School-based Substance Abuse Services (SBSAS) grants to supervisory unions across the state. Prevention strategies include education, local policy education and enhancements, assessment and planning, screening, family education, capacity building and youth and young adult focused activities. In addition to the evidence-based strategies being implemented by the grantees, the Department of Health maintains the Parent UP website featuring a section on marijuana education for parents.
The Division of Substance Use Programs (DSU) works with public and private colleges across the state to plan and host an annual College Symposium that for the last two years has been focused on marijuana use and its impact on health and academics.
Additionally, ongoing strategies include school-based prevention curricula, and educating pediatricians and parents about the dangers of early use of marijuana.