COSA TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS YOUTH MARIJUANA USE IN AUTUAGA COUNTY

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Autauga County, AL– To kick off the Spring season, The Council on Substance Abuse- NCADD (COSA-NCADD) will launch “Weed out Weed”, a cultural and social norms media campaign addressing marijuana use targeting youth, ages 12-17 in Autauga County. The theme for this campaign is “Paint Yourself a Brighter Future.”

The goal is to decrease favorable attitudes and cultural norms towards marijuana use by 15% among youth ages 12-17.

According to the 2014 Drug Related Crime Statistics Report by The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), of the 22 juveniles arrested for possession of an illegal drug, 22 was for marijuana (100%).

The 2014 Prattville Police Department Annual Report shows that there were 3 arrests for 1st Offense marijuana drug possession, and 108 arrests for 2nd Offense marijuana drug possession.

COSA-NCADD plans to distribute surveys in community settings as well as community events. The agency also plans to engage in annual community events such as the Annual City Arts Festival and Annual Touch a Truck.

Other activities planned for Autauga include updated information on marijuana and current trends on COSA-NCADD’s website and Facebook page. Some of the information will include statistics, impact of legalization in certain states, amount of arrests, and effects on the body.

For more information about the campaign call 334-262-1629 or email info@cosa.ncadd.org.

The mission of COSA-NCADD is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems.

 

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