Monday, February 1, 2016

Doctor's advice for preventing teen marijuana use

Over at the Teenology 101 blog, Dr. Yolanda Evans provides parents with tips and links to resources to help them prevent marijuana use among their children. Some of the advice shared includes:   

- Start talking early – teens who use marijuana often start by age 14. Parents should start having an ongoing conversation about drugs by 4th or 5th grade. 

- Set clear guidelines – establish clear, specific, and consistent rules about marijuana and other drugs. This can be part of a broader conversation around expectations of things like chores, curfew, showing respect for family members, following law and school regulations. 

- Keep lines of communication open. Eat dinner together, do fun activities together, communicate in whatever way your child does (Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, texting, etc).

Friday, January 29, 2016

One of Seattle Magazine's 2016 Top Doctors is a leader in substance use prevention

Seattle Magazine this week released their list of 2016 Top Doctor's and Dr. Leslie Walker, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and long-time Prevention WINS member, is among the physicians recognized. In particular, she is recognized for her work with high risk adolescent behavior and substance abuse.

In addition to being a part of youth marijuana use prevention campaigns encouraging parents to talk to their children and co-authoring a guide for parents, she is featured in short videos available on YouTube. Here is one of them.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

We all have a role to play in preventing teen drug abuse

Thank you Group Health Pharmacy for posting the Prevention WINS Mind Your Meds posters in your waiting rooms!

Upcoming coalition meetings: All are welcome!

The Prevention Works in Seattle (Prevention WINS) coalition's mission is to prevent youth drug use in NE Seattle. The coalition meets every other month and is open to anyone interested in preventing teen drug use. Upcoming meeting dates are:
  • March 8, 
  • May 10, 
  • July 12, 
  • and September 13. 

For additional information about meetings, contact the Prevention WINS Coordinator.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Why talking with children early about drugs is important

Over at the Teenology 101 blog, Dr. Yolanda Evans posted information about teens at risk for driving under the influence (DUI) or riding with a drinking driver (RWDD). Here are a few excerpts:

When teens were in middle school, more positive beliefs about marijuana and a stronger belief in their personal ability to resist marijuana use were associated with an increased risk of DUI/RWDD. 

When surveyed in late middle school, adolescents who drank alcohol only, who perceived their friends were drinking, or those who spent more time with teens who were using marijuana all had higher risk of DUI/RWDD 2 years later. 

How can parents translate these findings?
  • Early encounters with substance use can increase their risk years later of DUI/RWDD for tweens and teens in middle school. Parents should start discussions early about drugs and alcohol.
  • Set the expectation that alcohol and drug use (including marijuana) is not acceptable.  
Read all of this Teenology 101 post here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Documentary examines local underage marijuana culture

Washington and Oregon adolescents and young adults talk about the local marijuana culture in the video below. Dr. Leslie Walker, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, provides the medical perspective. Toward the end, the video calls for the expansion of research-based prevention programming.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

More marijuana stores to be allowed in NE Seattle - Updated

Last month, Mayor Ed Murray proposed new zoning rules to loosen restrictions on where marijuana retail stores may be located in Seattle. Under the proposal, the 1,000-foot buffer around playgrounds and schools would remain in effect while buffers around other places frequented by children, such as day care centers, libraries, community centers, transit centers, and arcades, would be reduced to 500 feet, approximately 1-2 city blocks. The new rule would establish an additional 1,650 acres for retail locations. The proposal would also create a minimum distance of 500 feet between retail outlets.

What does that mean for NE Seattle?

With the proposal, the Mayor's Office released two maps: one showing the current zoning rules and possible locations for retail marijuana shops and one showing the additional areas that would be allowed under the proposed legislation. The map below shows the NE Seattle areas (in yellow) that would be appropriately zoned for marijuana stores under the proposal. 

Red Circle = 500'/1,000' buffer for existing marijuana retailers; Green Cross = 500'/1,000' buffer for existing medical marijuana retailers; Green Area = Areas where retail marijuana is not allowed under licensing restrictions; Grey Area = Areas where retail marijuana is not allowed under zoning restrictions; Yellow Area = Estimated areas where retail marijuana would be allowed.

If the proposal is adopted by the City Council, additional areas in NE Seattle that would be zoned appropriately for marijuana retailers are:
  • Along Lake City Way NE,
  • Around Northgate Mall, 
  • Around University Village, 
  • Along NE 45th Street and the beginning of Sand Point Way NE,
  • Along NE 55th Street. 
 The City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Tuesday, December 15.  

UPDATE 12/16/2015: The City Council Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee approved the proposal with an amendment allowing two pot shops to open next to one another. Publicola reported on the committee's debate regarding the impact of the policy on communities of color.

Friday, November 6, 2015

All sectors of the community have a role to play to prevent prescription drug abuse

Last month, the President hosted a community discussion on the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. The forum focused on developing and implementing responses that involve all sectors of the community. The President announced two initiatives to address this problem: prescriber training and improving access to treatment.

 More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in motor vehicle crashes and the majority of those overdoses involve prescription medications. Opioids are a class of prescription pain medications that includes hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and methadone. Heroin belongs to the same class of drugs, and four in five heroin users started out by misusing prescription opioid pain medications.
This fact sheet was distributed through local pharmacies.
Locally, the Prevention WINS coalition and partners are doing their part to prevent prescription drug abuse. Prevention WINS reached out to area pharmacies asking them to post a flyer talking about preventing and reducing underage drug abuse by locking up and/or keeping track of  medications. The flyer has facts about teen prescription medicine abuse and resources for help.  Prevention WINS also asked the pharmacies to include a smaller version in the bags with the medicine dispensed.  Katterman's Pharmacy and the University Village QFC pharmacy agreed to post the flyers and include the inserts with the medications.   GroupHealth agreed to do this in nearly all their Washington GHC pharmacies.  The materials were distributed to the three pharmacies the last week of October.  Katterman's received 500 inserts, University QFC received 1,500 and Group Health received 3,000.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mercer Island teens talk about avoiding drug use

Hear students from Mercer Island's Communities That Care Coalition (CTC) pledge to prevent underage substance abuse.

Friday, October 23, 2015

"Why I Don't Smoke"

The Southeast Seattle P.E.A.C.E. Coalition and the Southeast Asian Young Men's Group at ACRS present: "Why I Don't Smoke."

Why I Don't Smoke from SE Asian Young Men's Group on Vimeo.