For many parents, recent changes to marijuana laws in Massachusetts have caused confusion about the legal status of marijuana – and made discussions with their children about the recreational use of marijuana more complicated. To address this issue, the Department’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services has launched “Parent Power,” a public information campaign which aims to support parents as they talk to their kids about marijuana use.
Research has shown that parents are the most powerful influence on their children’s lives. In fact, children whose parents talk to them about the risks of using drugs are up to 50% less likely to use them.
In order to help parents as they begin to have these conversations, the campaign includes information about the current marijuana laws; explains the effects marijuana has on the health of young people; and provides some research-based suggestions on ways to discuss marijuana with adolescents and teens. The website is also available in Spanish.
To learn more about the campaign, visit the Parent Power webpage.
Weekly Flu Report, April 17, 2015 posted on Apr 17
The latest weekly flu report indicates that rates of flu-like illness declined during the past seven days. This is in keeping with how flu season tends to wind down in New England at this time of year. You can help stop the spread of illness …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 17, 2015
Five Simple Ways to Reduce Stress! posted on Apr 13
After a long and gruesome winter, we’re all feeling a little bit stressed. Unfortunately, even without a record-breaking snowy winter, stress is an unavoidable part of life. But the good news is that there are simple ways to manage stress so it doesn’t impact our …Continue Reading Five Simple Ways to Reduce Stress!
Weekly Flu Report, April 10, 2015 posted on Apr 10
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like activity in Massachusetts over the past seven days. It’s important to note that flu does continue to circulate in our communities, which is why it’s so important that we continue to take …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, April 10, 2015