Despite its legality in 7-8 states, the marijuana use and possession is a crime under federal law. As a clinical social worker, drug abuse expert, former program director for a teenage drug addiction treatment hospital, and drug free workplace consultant, I am not thrilled about marijuana being legalized in Massachusetts. I think parents, now, more than ever must make an impact on at least trying to convince their children to stay away from this stuff.
Now, let me digress a moment about Wellness Newsletter content, while I am thinking about the subject of what goes into such a publication.
It's always been a concern of mine that Wellness newsletter on the Internet are more interested in entertainment that education about serious issues. I am not going to apologize for not having chicken and cookie recipes in the Frontline Employee, Work Life Excel, or the Spanish Employee Wellness Newsletter we offer called Empleado de FrontLine.
I personally feel that with the number problems society faces and the critical role employee wellness and company newsletter play, that we don't have time for consuming newsletter real estate space with this sort of thing. And let's be honest, these things on in employee wellness newsletter for one reason -- to make it easier for the newsletter publisher to reduce their costs and not have to pay writers to come up with other meaningful content. These sorts of articles (like crossword puzzles, and huge monster graphics) are an insult to the company's Chief Financial Officer who is interested in purchasing an Employee or Wellness Newsletter that is actually going to do some good.
Okay, back to pot and parents...Did you know that cooking marijuana makes it more powerful than smoking it? Did you also know that when a free market for marijuana exists in places like Cambridge Massachusetts, that pot will and has and does get more potent? I know teenagers who have gone to Ivy leagues schools having never smoked pot in their lives and with no intention of ever doing so, and then found themselves at some dive of a party near campus being given or reaching for a brownie with pot cooked in it. Moments later, they were psychotic, thinking they were seeing God one second and thinking they were going to die the next, laughing, the screaming, then crying, then panicking, and being in this condition for hours need friends to calm them down and calling their parents frightened that they would never see them again.
This is marijuana. Sound fun. It's not. So, here is some employee newsletter content worth inserting into your publication. Please link to either Workexcel.com or WorkplaceNewsletters.com if you use this on your company website.
[TITLE] Where There’s Smoke
[CONTENT] Last fall, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released
information on smoking, teenagers, and drug use from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, but much of it was not widely reported. When surveyed, about 1 out of 20 teenagers who did not smoke cigarettes used illicit drugs in the last 30 days, compared with more than 8 out of 20 teenagers who did smoke. Other studies support the findings. Also reported was that youth were four times more likely to use marijuana if they believed their parents wouldn’t disapprove of their using it once or twice.]
[TITLE] Marijuana: Just Don’t Use It
[CONTENT] In Colorado, the number of fatal car crashes with drivers testing positive for marijuana has doubled in the past six years. Colorado now ranks #1 out of 50 States with more of its 12-17 year olds illegally smoking pot. A full report on impact can be found in the 2016 Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado Report just released this September. Although not widely reported, dozens of adverse effects from marijuana legalization have been cataloged, including risk of respiratory illness, dependence, mental health-related problems, and other issues affecting public health such as impaired driving. The American Medical Society on Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the country’s leading experts on addiction opposes legalization stating that 61% of all drug-addicted persons (other than alcoholic) use marijuana. Sources: 2016 Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado Report at http://www.rmhidta.org (Search “Reports”); ASAM.org (http://www.asam.org/advocacy/find-a-policy-statement)
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