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INFORMATION & TIPS FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS



This page has a lot of information!


    


A Letter to Parents & Guardians from the Director of the Linn County Juvenile Department

About Measure 91 and Oregon Marijuana Laws; click here.



Measure 91 & Adolescent Marijuana Abuse:

Marijuana is still ILLEGAL for anyone under the age of 21 to use or possess. If your child is found to be under the influence or in possession at school, the police will be notified and there will be a resulting referral to the Juvenile Department.



A teenage brain on marijuana:

Your teenager’s brain will not be fully developed until they are between 23 and 25 years of age. In the teen years, the brain is building the pathways (synapses) which will provide our teens with the capacity for adult functions in reasoning and decision making.

During this time of growth, the brain is much more vulnerable to the introduction of drugs, alcohol and other substances. Using drugs, including marijuana, and alcohol during this period of brain development can cause permanent damage and loss of IQ points as indicated in a recent study by Duke University regarding marijuana use.

Don’t believe the marijuana campaigners, do your own research. Marijuana is not the same potency as it was in the 1960’s and 70’s (6-15%),today’s marijuana is twice as strong and with new methods to extract only the THC your children can access marijuana products which can contain up to 90% THC.



Terminology:

Would you recognize some of the old & new names for marijuana and other illegal substances so you might recognize if your teen was talking about them? Read More


2014 Student Wellness Survey Results



















Physical Signs & Symptoms of Illegal Drug Abuse:

     Know the signs of marijuana use: changes in your child’s behavior, changes in academics, the smell of burnt marijuana, bloodshot watery eyes, green tint to the tongue, forgetfulness or difficulty tracking a conversation, changes in eating patterns (munchies), unusual giggling or laughing.  Look at the whole picture, presence of any one of these signs doesn’t mean your child is using drugs, it is a time to pay attention and ask more questions, two things teens hate.



Internet & Social Media Safety:

There is a wealth of information for parents & guardians about the dangers of the internet and social media. Visit www.netsmartz.org for information internet safety, social networking, sexting, cyberbullying and various forms of inappropriate content. Learn the basics of internet safety to help keep your child and teen safe.  Safe.




Click here for information on “Adolescent Brain Development” by Karen Williams, MSSW, a well known writer and speaker on the latest in neuroscience and adolescent brain development and behavior.



Statistics for Juvenile Marijuana Use in Linn County:


* 53% of youth referred to the Juvenile Department for Possession of Marijuana were between 13-15 years old (7th, 8th, 9th graders)


* 6.6% of 8th graders and 17.1% of 11th graders reported using marijuana within the past 30 days


* 4.2% of 8th graders and 3.6% of 11th graders reported using synthetic marijuana within the past 30 days


2014 Student Wellness Survey