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MPI - "NEW" Points of Consideration Document (POC) Updated 2018

The goal of the Marijuana Prevention Initiative (MPI) is to reduce youth marijuana use and increase knowledge of its negative impacts. To accomplish this goal the MPI collaborates with partners across San Diego County to bring awareness and education about: (1) local trends, (2) national research, (3) youth-related harms, and (4) public safety issues associated with marijuana use. This document provides selected county, state, and national data points regarding youth marijuana use and its related health and community impacts, organized by the four categorized referenced above. These data points provide relevant marijuana use/perception statistics to help inform marijuana prevention efforts currently underway across San Diego County. This report was made possible through funding from the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency.

To view complete POC document, click here.

Marijuana's Impact on California 2018

In 1996, California preceded the rest of the United States in allowing marijuana use for medicinal purposes.  Now, in 2018, recreational marijuana use is fully legal for individuals 21 years and over.  This paper will outline the current and potential impacts of these policies. 
 
The purpose of this report is to describe the impacts that the legalization of marijuana for medical use has had in California, as well as the impacts of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  By gathering and examining data, citizens and policymakers can better understand the implications and effects of marijuana’s increased presence in California.
 
Background Due to concerns about public health risks and other possible impacts of marijuana, there is an on-going debate in the United States regarding the effects of the increasing prevalence of marijuana in our society.

To view California's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas report, click here.

E-cigarette maker Juul targeted teens with false claims of safety, lawsuit says

When a San Diego-based mother posted an emergency alert on Nextdoor, a community discussion app, she hoped a Good Samaritan could help, according to court filings. Her son was hysterical after losing a flash drive with his homework near the local McDonald's, she wrote, uploading a photo along with the message. A neighbor quickly replied, explaining that the chewing-gum-sized object in the picture was not a flash drive: It was a Juul vaping device.

To view complete Washington Post article, click here.

TREDS - Cannabis and Driving- A Guide for Clinicians and Pharmacists

Driving under the influence of any impairing substance is a major cause of motor vehicle crashes.  Cannabis can affect driving-related skills, such as response time and the ability to divide attention.  Cannabis use is increasing nationwide: a 2014 survey by the CDC found that there were 7,000 new cannabis users every day.  Although the impact of acute cannabis use on driving is not clear, it is important that you and your patients understand the facts related to cannabis use and the potential effects on driving.

To view complete TREDS guide, click here.

MPI and Urban Core – Drug Discussions

MPI will partner with Urban core youth for a few days of drug discussions. Each year in July and August, youth from the group have a chance to learn about the impacts drug/alcohol use have on the community.

Urban Core serves as a bridge to a better life for young adults ages 18-26. We provide paid job training, support services, and a second chance to earn a high school diploma, while simultaneously offering a variety of professional services to the community which helps train and employ our Corpsmembers.

Youth gain job skills on environmental, construction, and community projects. Whether planting a tree, removing graffiti, working in the San Diego River, improving a park, or rehabilitating low-income homes, our Corpsmembers improve themselves while improving the San Diego region.

For more information on Urban Core, click here.