In continuation of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week todays message addresses Marijuana and comes from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
MARIJUANA – Some Things to Think About:
– In 2011, Marijuana was reported in over 455,000 emergency room visits in the United States, over 13 percent involved people between the age of 12 and 17.
– Nearly half of high school seniors report having used marijuana, and 6.5 percent are daily marijuana users.|
– Marijuana can be addictive. Is unsafe if you are behind the wheel. Is associated with school failure for young people. High doses of Marijuana can cause psychosis or panic during intoxication.
Could your kids be at risk for substance abuse?
Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.
Good communication between parents and children is the foundation of strong family relationships. Developing good communication skills helps parents catch problems early, support positive behavior, and stay aware of what is happening in their children’s lives.
Encouragement is key to building confidence and a strong sense of self and helps parents to promote cooperation and reduce conflict. Many successful people remember the encouragement of a parent, teacher, or other adult. Consistent encouragement helps youth feel good about themselves and gives them confidence to:
Try new activities
Tackle difficult tasks
Develop new friendships
Explore their creativity
Negotiating solutions can provide parents a way to work together to solve problems, make changes, promote & improve cooperation, and teach youth how to:
Focus on solutions rather than problems
Think through possible outcomes of behavior
Develop communication skills
Setting limits helps parents teach self-control and responsibility, show caring, and provide safe boundaries. It also provides youth with guidelines and teaches them the importance of following rules.
Supervision is the centerpiece of effective parenting during childhood. When youth begin to spend more and more time away from home, monitoring their behavior and whereabouts is challenging. Supervision helps parents recognize developing problems, promote safety, and stay involved.
FINALLY, it is important for federal employees to remember that federal law on marijuana remains unchanged. Marijuana is categorized as controlled substance under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act. Thus growing or intentional marijuana possession is illegal, even if an individual has no intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense marijuana. In addition, Executive Order 12564, Drug-Free Federal Workplace, mandates that (a) Federal employees are required to refrain from the use of illegal drugs; (b) the use of illegal drugs by Federal employees, weather on or off duty, is contrary to the efficiency of the service; and (c) personal who use illegal drugs are not suitable for federal employment. The Executive Order emphasizes, however, that discipline is not required for employees who voluntarily seek counseling or rehabilitation and thereafter refrain from
using illegal drugs.
Heather Green, BA, MSW
USAG Fort Greely, Alaska
Submitted by Rodney Mcnany
Public Affairs Office