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MPI and Tulare County: Marijuana & Opioid Prevention Summit

MPI was proud to participate in Tulare Counties Marijuana & Opioid Prevention summit hosted by the California National Guard a member of the Tulare County Prevention Coalition. The event was on September 26th at Living Christ Church. Over 200 people from different fields in prevention, treatment and Law enforcement attended. Information and resources were distributed to organize the community around the growing threat of drug use among our children.

For more information regarding the Tulare County Prevention Coalition, 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.

Marijuana Use by Breastfeeding Mothers and Cannabinoid Concentrations in Breast Milk

Background and Objective: Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug among breastfeeding women. With legalization of marijuana in some states and a 1990 study in which authors documented psychomotor defecits in infants breastfed by mothers using marijuana, there is a need for information on potential exposure to the breastfed infant.

To view complete study 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.

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.