February 24, 2018
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Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use

Illegal drugs and increased drug use among teenagers continues to threaten the safety, health, and future of our children.

D.A.R.E.’s Position and Curricula Regarding Marijuana & Legalization

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2018

1.  What is D.A.R.E.’s position regarding the legalization of marijuana? D.A.R.E. America is a non-profit organization dedicated to our mission of “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.” As taught in our curricula, we believe it is neither safe nor healthy for students and all children under the age of 18 to use marijuana. The science on this subject is clear…the use of marijuana by youth has dangerous and unhealthy consequences on…

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OUR VIEW: A community problem

Posted on Jan 21st, 2018

And it’s in need of a community solution. Drugs are a problem — across the country, across the state and in Christian County. We may live in a rural community, but we are not immune to the drug epidemic. It is here, and it is hurting our community. It is killing people — literally. Suicide is also a problem. And while it may not be front and center in media reports, it happens in Christian County — a lot. Coroner Mandi Armitage said in 2017, she completed 37 autopsies for the…

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Finding a Balance: Schools Aim to Educate, Enforce as Pot Becomes Legal

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2018

Santa Maria Police D.A.R.E. officer Mike Wheeler talks to students before a D.A.R.E. graduation in December at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge. Wheeler believes the number of cannabis-related calls, especially among minors, will increase with recreational sale commencing January 1. Under California’s new laws and regulations, possession or consumption of cannabis remains a prohibited, punishable offense for individuals under 21 years of age. Juveniles caught in possession or under the…

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Breaking: New Study Finds ER Visits for Kids More Than Quadrupled Since Colorado Legalized Marijuana

Posted on May 4th, 2017

Alexandria, VA, May 4, 2017 - Today, a new study was released showing that marijuana-related emergency visits by kids in Colorado more than quadrupled since the state legalized marijuana. In 2005, only 149 teens were admitted for marijuana-related visits. That number spiked to 639 by 2015, most of which were related to mental illness. "This study highlights the negative consequences we've been seeing in Colorado since the state legalized marijuana, and now more teens are suffering from…

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Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado – The Impact

Posted on Mar 21st, 2017

The 4th major report on the legalization impact of marijuana on Colorado.   Click here to view or download the report (PDF).   "Alcohol has been the number one substance involved in teen suicide, to have marijuana replace alcohol as the leading substance, is very alarming. "How many more "firsts" do we need to see before we see the hand writing on the wall. In some areas of the states that have changed their marijuana laws according to documentation marijuana is more involved…

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4 Things You and Your Teen May Not Know About Marijuana — But Should

Posted on Mar 13th, 2017

Massachusetts is now among eight U.S. states to legalize marijuana for adult (21+) recreational use, a decision that’s created a relaxed stance on use of the drug and left many parents worried. The simple, clear and empowering message we suggest parents share with teens is that avoidance of marijuana is best and here’s why. Marijuana is harmful to adolescents. Repeated use of marijuana during the critical windows of brain growth and development of adolescence is associated with…

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The Number Of Kids Using Illicit Drugs In Idaho Will Surprise You

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2017

Maybe the D.A.R.E program is working? Drug use across the United States among teens was lower in 2016 than 2015. That's the good news. The bad news is that Idaho still has a good sized drug problem. MSM reports that in 2015, 8.57 percent of kids 12-17 years old Idaho had used illicit drugs - including marijuana, meth, cocaine, and ecstasy. Recent data from Graphiq shows that drug use is lower. A study from Monitoring The Future also found that those numbers are lower in 2016 across…

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Saint John D.A.R.E. Officials Not Concerned About Marijuana Legalization

Posted on Jun 13th, 2016

It was a big day for about 350 Grade 5 students in Saint John Friday — a graduation day. The energetic students are all graduates from the the D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, program. “DARE is a class that we take to learn about making the right decisions as we grow up,” said Lily Vanbeek of Millidgeville North School. “I learned a lot in D.A.R.E. and had a lot of fun too,” said Ben Gordon of Lakewood Heights School. “I learned strategies I will use for my whole…

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Parent Alert – Fentanyl Abuse

Posted on Jun 5th, 2016

Since 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has encountered a dangerous trend – the convergence of the growing synthetic drug threat with the epidemic of opioid abuse currently affecting our nation.  In this case, the consequences are deadly when clandestinely-manufactured Fentanyl and Fentanyl derivatives are being added to heroin or replacing heroin altogether on the street. Possibly fueled by celebrity deaths related to opioid abuse, the media has recently focused increased…

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Impact of Marijuana Upon Colorado Youth

Posted on Jan 14th, 2016

The recent ONDCP Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report, The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, reveals the developing negative impact marijuana legalization is having upon the youth of Colorado. These adverse outcomes should not come as surprise to anyone. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA www.rmhidta.org  Youth Findings Past Month (Current) Marijuana Use for Colorado Youth Ages 12 to 17 Years Old: In the two year average…

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