Preventing Marijuana Use

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• A recent independent, third-party evaluation of middle-school youth living in drug–free coalition-funded communities found a 12 percent reduction in alcohol use, 28 percent reduction in tobacco use and 24 percent reduction in marijuana use between 2007 and 2009. High school–aged youth have reduced their use of alcohol by 8 percent, tobacco by 17 percent and marijuana by 11 percent in drug-free coalition communities.

• To date, CADCA (Community Anti–Drug Coalitions of America) has trained more than 60,000 adult and youth prevention professionals and has hosted presidents (including Bill Clinton, who gladly tooK the torch from his predecessor, George H.W. Bush, and signed the first major piece of legislation, the “Drug–Free Communities Act,” funding thousands of coalitions across the country).i

• Protective factors include engagement in religious activities, family communication and cohesion and school engagement — including completing homeworK and participating in extracurricular activities. Teachers can provide a great deal of support for adolescents by serving as a buffer for negative peer interactions and by helping to develop a feeling of
connection with school. ii iii

i Drug Free Communities Support Program, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington D.C.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/Drug-Free-Communities-Support-Program

ii Kliewer, W., & Murrelle, L. (2007). Risk and protective factors for adolescent substance use: Findings from a study in selected Central American countries. Journal of Adolescent Health, 40 :448- 455.

iii Cheng, TC & Lo, CC. (2011). A longitudinal analysis of some risk and protective factors in marijuana use by adolescents receiving child welfare services. Children and Youth Services Review, 33 :1667- 1672.

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