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16 June 2014

Issue: 21

Is Marijuana Harmless? According to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of NIDA: “By making marijuana legal, you have more widespread use and many more health implications.” In a New England Journal of Medicine review article, Volkow opines that legalizing marijuana may lead to nationwide health problems similar to those of alcohol and tobacco. In the article, Volkow and colleagues said that marijuana is addictive.

Statistics provided by NIDA show: 9% of people who try pot will become addicted; 17% percent of users under age 18 become addicted; marijuana users are 3 to 7 times more likely to cause a car accident than non-users. In addition, many teens and young adults combine pot and alcohol thereby increasing the risk of car accidents. Scans show that teenage pot users have decreased brain activity and impaired connectivity

between key brain areas. The pro-marijuana advocacy group NORML agrees that pot is not harmless. “But its potential risks to the individual and to society do not warrant its present schedule I illicit status under federal law” NORML’s Deputy Director, Paul Armentano said. According to Armentano, the health consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs are more dangerous and costlier to society. Read more.

Does Marijuana Use Contribute to Sleeplessness? A new study at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that marijuana users, are more likely than non-users to have sleep problems. According to lead author Jilesh Chheda: “The most surprising finding was that there was a strong relationship with age of first use, no matter how often people were currently using marijuana. People who started using early were more likely to have sleep problems as an

adult.” Any history of marijuana use seemed to increase sleep problems. The most significant issues were in adults who started using pot before age 15. They were about twice as likely to have severe sleep issues. The researchers are not saying that marijuana causes the sleep problems. The study suggests that marijuana is not an effective treatment for sleep

problems. This suggests that it might be better to educate users on healthier means of coping with stress, or other issues, to prevent them from trying the drug. Click here for more information.

In The News

Bookmarks at NPRC

Marijuana’s Health Effects

It’s summertime. Time for trips to the swimming pool or a beach, or even a quiet afternoon in a park. Perfect for taking a book (instead of an ereader) along for entertainment. Check our clearinghouse for bookmarks. For access to NPRC Clearinghouse materials click here.

The Anti-Drug Marijuana playing larger role in fatal crashes NIDA review summarizes research on marijuana’s negative health effects

This publication was supported in whole or in part by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) through State General Funds and/or the SAPT Block Grant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. DHHS, SAMHSA, or the State of Nevada.

Grant Opportunities Funding Opportunity To Support Comprehensive Antigang Strategies and Programs OJJDP announced a fiscal year 2014 Comprehensive Antigang Strategies and Programs funding opportunity. It will provide funding for localities to enhance coordination of federal, state, and local resources in support of community partnerships implementing the following antigang programs: primary prevention, secondary prevention,

gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement. Applications are due by July 14, 2014. More information here. FAQ’s here. Funding Opportunity To Support School Justice Collaboration Program OJJDP announced fiscal year 2014 School Justice Collaboration Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court funding opportunity.

This opportunity is a coordination effort with the Department of Education and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement a multidisciplinary initiative to improve school climates, support student mental health and behavioral needs, avoid student referrals to law enforcement, and facilitate a proactive and supportive school reentry process when a youth is referred. . Applications are due by July 21, 2014. More information here.

Upcoming Events Do More 24

Girls Matter! Webinar Series

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Do More 24 is a community movement that brings together organizations, including charities and private companies, together with individuals who want to make a difference. It is sponsored by CADCA’s Drug Free Kids. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Movement.” More information can be found at their website: https://

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SAMHSA’s six-part Girls Matter! webinar series addresses adolescent girls’ behavioral health. It is at the midway point. There is still time to register and join the discussion about girls’ behavioral health on social media with hashtag #girlsmatter2014. The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports: June 24, 2014

For individuals looking to sign up for the Update follow this QR Code from your smart phone and find the link on our website! @NevadaPRC

Forum for Telehealth Innovators The National Frontier and Rural (NFAR) ATTC is hosting the 2014 Addiction Treatment Technology Summit: Forum for Telehealth Innovators in Chicago, August 26th and 27th at the Double Tree Chicago-Magnificent Mile. The goal is to increase knowledge and awareness regarding technology-based substance use disorder interventions to promote the utilization of telehealth technologies in delivering addiction treatment and recovery services.

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