• The Collaboration Council announces the availability of mini-grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that will help prevent their illegal use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, over-the-counter, prescription and/or other drugs. Grants can range from $500 to $1,000; applicants must provide a local match (cash, in-kind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due November 2, 2018. This is part of the Collaboration Council led Many Voices for Smart Choices—Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse. Funding comes from the Montgomery County government. Click on title to download the complete details.

  • As a parent, you are one of the biggest influences on your child’s decision to try alcohol or other drugs. There are several effective ways to discourage your kid from trying addictive substances, and you can be the biggest source of support if your child needs help recovering from addiction.

  • Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults. The signs of addiction can be difficult to understand, and many teens don’t realize the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. Help is available for teens who have questions about drug abuse or think they are suffering from addiction.

  • All substances, including marijuana, are harmful to the developing teen brain. Check out our latest fact sheet and please share with your networks!

  • The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (better known as NORML) is currently leading a contest sponsored by Intuit, the software company behind QuickBooks, to have its ad appear during the Super Bowl. (Source: WebProNews by Brian Powell)

  • A growing number of high school seniors are getting into cars after smoking pot, or with someone who has, a distressing trend that reflects misperceptions about the dangers of marijuana. (Source: NBC News, by Lori Santos)

  • A device used for medical marijuana, called the “G-Pen,” is becoming popular with teens. (Source: MyFoxNY, by Lisa Evers)

  • A new survey finds many parents favor either legalizing marijuana for recreational use, or decriminalizing the drug, while 70 percent support legalizing medical marijuana. Most parents say the legal age for marijuana use should be 21. (Source: The Partnership at Drugfree.org, by Join Together Staff)