New Study Finds More Evidence of Marijuana’s Damage on the Brain

University of Michigan researchers completed a longitudinal study on more than 100 individuals to, “indicate that marijuana use is associated with decreased neural response in the NAcc during the anticipation of non-drug rewards. Over time, marijuana use may alter anticipatory reward processing in the NAcc, which may increase the risk for continued drug use and later addiction, the study authors report.”

Read the article from CADCA here or read the full journal article from JAMA Psychiatry here

College Age Drinking Prevention

Sending your student off to college for the first time? Find resources about college age alcohol prevention here:

Create an Emotionally Supportive Home Environment

According to PBS Parents and Katie Hurley, LCSW child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of, The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World. Tips to create an emotionally supportive home environment:

1) Listen first, talk second
2) Creating a supportive space
3) Avoid squashing emotions
4) Don’t judge
5) Express your own emotions

Read the full article here

Fortune Magazine- Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado?

A recent article in Fortune Magazine provides the impact Colorado has seen since marijuana legalization.

Read the full article here.

How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol

As NPR states in a recent article, about 1 in 6 teens drank alcohol before turning 13, and about the same proportion of high school kids has binged on alcohol, according to the latest biannual Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But adults and parents can play the most important role in preventing underage alcohol use.

Click here to learn more about two recent studies that will help guide parents.

Explore new data tool about Maine students

The Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) website has a new interactive tool to browse and present data points. It features multiple years of MIYHS data on Maine middle school and high school students, including information related to drug and alcohol use.

Click here to view the new dashboard

Adolescents and First Time Marijuana Use

According to a new University of Florida study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the likelihood adolescents will try marijuana rises steadily from age 11 to age 16, then decreases before hitting another peak at age 18.

Read the full article here

What to know about your teen and marijuana

Almost half of high school seniors have used marijuana in their lifetimes, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. About 1 in 5 says they have used marijuana in the past month.

Read the article from abc Action News here.

Alcohol and Marijuana Use by Southern California Adolescents Predicts Poor Academic Performance and Health Problems

According to the nonprofit RAND Corporation, a study that followed a group of students over a seven-year period, “Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol during middle school and high school are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school, according to a new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation that followed a group of students over a seven-year period.

However, the study found marijuana use was predictive of poorer functioning across more areas, including lower academic functioning, being less prepared for school, more delinquent behavior and poorer mental health. The results are published online in the journal Addiction.”

Read the full study here