From a public health standpoint, why is pot deemed an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic?
After all, there is still much we don’t know about the new coronavirus. The virus causing COVID-19 attacks the lungs, which could present a serious threat to individuals who smoke marijuana. And we do know that marijuana smoke and vaping open the lungs up to increased respiratory infections.
The Region 9 - Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center is pleased to announce our first annual Prevention Academy! This Academy will provide prevention professionals with in-person, skill-based workforce development training by participating in one of two tracks. Workshop topics were identified based on a regional needs assessment survey conducted by the Pacific Southwest PTTC in 2019.
MPI and the San Diego County Office of Edication will be teaming up for the 2020 BOOST conference. Our workshop will discuss current drug trends, vaping and how schools are evolving to address the current challenges around youth drug use. BOOST Collaborative is a unique, purpose-driven organization committed to supporting those serving youth in the out-of-school time hours by providing quality professional development, opportunities for networking & partnerships, and leadership training.
MPI is proud to partner with the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade (CSHAA) for their upcoming summit in March. The Sacramento County Coalition for Youth presents the 2020 Sacramento Marijuana Prevention Summit. Registration is now open!
The summit will feature keynotes from state and national experts, input from local leaders, and educational opportunities to continue the discussion regarding the impacts of recreational marijuana legalization on our community and our youth.
We are excited to have with us two amazing plenary speakers, Will Jones III and Joe Eberstein. Will Jones III serves as the Communications and Outreach Associate at SAM. He is an experienced speaker and community activist working on issues of social justice at the local and national level. Joe Eberstein works for the Center for Community Research Inc.; he is the Program Manager for the San Diego County (MPI) Marijuana Prevention Initiative.
A new local case of vaping-associated lung injury was confirmed on Wednesday, Jan. 8, by the County Health and Human Services Agency.
To date, 43 cases of vaping-associated lung injury have been reported among San Diego County residents, while an additional three cases are under investigation. While there have been no local deaths, all patients had to be hospitalized.