Morgan Webster

Smoking pot: not harmless

Prevention Coalition wants to get the message out

Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC)  launched an educational campaign last month to inform young adults about the health and legal risks of using marijuana.

Through the campaign, “duh – did you hear the blunt truth about smoking pot,” we hope to address the high percentage of marijuana use among young adults in the community.

In fact, Vermont has the highest overall rate of marijuana use in the past year among 18-to-25-year-olds in the country at 41.9 percent. Among the same group, Vermont ranks second in the country for the rate of individuals who meet the criteria for dependence on illicit drugs within the previous year.

One misconception that BAPC hopes to change is that smoking pot is harmless. The truth is, marijuana use can cause health, safety, social, and learning problems.

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