Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is the second-most commonly used recreational drug after alcohol. It can be smoked, vaped or ingested as a food or beverage, referred to as “edibles.” The perception of harm from marijuana use is steadily declining, heavily influenced by the legalization of recreational cannabis across the United States. Although recreational cannabis is illegal in the United States for those under 21, it has become more accessible as many states have legalized it.

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Preventative Resources to Tackle Stressful Issues

The world can be difficult for children and teens today; the risks are greater. Drug and alcohol use is on the rise; students face bullying, school violence, and cyberbullying; more adolescents report feeling anxious and stressed than ever before. These issues are often roadblocks to a young person’s educational journey and lifelong achievement. To that end, ADAPP provides resources and information to families, teachers, children, and community members to tackle the issues youth face.

Sources: The NYC Community Health Profile Youth Development Survey; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health; Centers for Dis-ease Control and Prevention Alcohol Fact Sheet; Office of the Surgeon General Underage Drinking Call to Action; OASAS Youth Develop-ment Survey.

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