According to the benchmark “Monitoring the Future” study, done by the University of Michigan every year, and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, half of all high school seniors have smoked marijuana, with 40% having done so in the last year. One in four had gotten high in the last 30 days. And 1 in 15 get stoned EVERY day. The numbers are lower for younger students, yet 1 in 5 8th graders have smoked “weed” in the last year. Students perceive there is little risk or downside to smoking marijuana, especially with the advent of medical marijuana, and doctors prescribing it.
Scared? Want to become more informed?
The District Parent Coordinator’s Office, Health & Wellness, SATp Parent Education Sub-Committee and MegaSkills/MCIA are offering a panel discussion for parents of tweens and teens on the effects and use of marijuana among teens
According to Jasmin McCloud, substance abuse counselor at Montclair’s COPE Counseling Center, your 7th grader likely has a friend who smokes marijuana, so make sure you start a dialogue early in middle school.
The panel on April 11 will include Jasmin McCloud, Andrew Evangelista, Montclair High Student Assistance Counselor, a Detective from the Montclair Police Department’s Narcotics Bureau, a parent of a recent Montclair High graduate, and a 17 year old former Montclair High student, who will all share their experience and expertise.
Educate yourself on what is out there, what your children are exposed to, and what steps you can take to help them navigate this terrain. Bring a friend and your questions! For more information, contact Alex Kent.
Teens and Marijuana: What Montclair Parents Don’t Know
Who: Parents of tweens and teen
What: A panel discussion for parents about marijuana use among teens.
Where: Montclair High School, Main building LGI Room, 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Wednesday, April 11 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm