We specifically focus on promoting and providing evidence-based education, health-and-safety messaging campaigns and other educational training’s and resources for youth, parents, schools, driver education programs, as well as to the public-service agencies and groups that serve these populations. All educational materials are referenced with evidence or science-based research and edited and approved by current and retired public health and safety professionals.
- 17% of admissions into publicly funded drug treatment is for marijuana addiction, and findings demonstrate the number one reason youth ages 12-17 are admitted into treatment is marijuana (NIDA, SAMHSA).
- After alcohol, marijuana is the most common drug identified in impaired and fatally injured drivers (NIDA).
- Regular marijuana use before the age of 18 can cause a permanent IQ drop of up to 8 points (Meier et al, 2012).
- Marijuana increases the risk of developing mental illness by 40% and this risk increases with continued use (Moore et al, 2007).
The most common responses we hear from youth and adults while teaching our Tobacco, Marijuana & E-Cigarettes Course (TMEC) is “I didn’t know that” or “I had no idea”, making it evident that health and safety education is vital. We have learned through years of piloting the curriculum that people don’t know what they don’t know and are more susceptible to experimentation or use when there is a lack of education, or when social norms and social acceptance prevails. Research shows lower perception of harm increases use; education empowers critical thinking skills necessary to make informed decisions.