Edible marijuana sending kids to ER in Colorado

Edible marijuana products including brownies, cookies and candy look like regular food and appeal to kids, read the full article here

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

Impacts of marijuana

NIDA THC can negatively affect learning and memory

Get more of your questions answered related to marijuana here

Be a Role Model for Your Child

National Parent’s Day was yesterday, check out tips on how you can be a great role model to your child.
1) Model your values everyday
2) Lead with kindness & firmness at the same time
3) Keep your brain in mind
4) Ask, don’t tell
5) Focus on solutions
6) Encourage & inspire others everyday

Read the full article from Stop Medicine Abuse here

Edible Marijuana Overdoses Reported to US Poison Control Centers on Rise

Researchers published in the Journal, Clinical Toxicology, analyzed exposure calls coded to marijuana edibles that were reported to the National Poison Data System from January 2013 to December 2015. Four-hundred and thirty calls were reported.

The two states that had implemented recreational marijuana legalization by then had the most exposures:

Colorado—166, or 1.05 per 100,000
Washington—96, or .46 per 100,000

Three-hundred and eighty-one (91%) calls occurred in states with medical and recreational marijuana, and the number of calls increased each year of the study. The age groups with the most calls were children less than five years old (109 calls) and adolescents ages 13-19 (78 calls).

The researchers speculate that increasing edibles exposures may be related to delayed absorption of THC, lack of packaging regulations, increased availability of edibles in legal states, and increased familiarity of poison control center specialists with edible products to code events properly.

Read “Characterization of Edible Marijuana Product Exposures Reported to United States Poison Centers


Casco Bay CAN Positive Ticket Program

The Cumberland Police Department writes, “Meet Daniel! Daniel was out with his (very proud) Mom for a bike ride, when he was spotted by Chief Rumsey. The Chief stopped to chat with Daniel and his Mom, and gave Daniel a Positive Ticket (with a gift certificate) for making healthy choices by going for a nice bike ride, wearing his helmet and observing safe riding habits! We’re out working to “catch kids doing right!” Have an amazing day.”

Thank you to the Cumberland Police Department and the Food Stop in Cumberland for supporting our Positive Ticket program!

Positive ticket with Chief Rumsey

Balance Structure and Free Time This Summer

Empowering Parents writes about how to use structure to keep your child out of trouble over the summer. The article also includes sample schedules for 5 to 12 year olds and teenagers.

View the article here

United Way of Greater Portland- Thrive 2027

Learn more about United Way of Greater Portland’s Thrive 2027 initiative.

Marijuana Facts