COSA TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS YOUTH MARIJUANA USE

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Wilcox County, AL– To kick off the New Year, 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 Wilcox County. Students ages 12-17, attending Camden School of Arts & Technology, Wilcox Central High School and Wilcox Alternative School will be targeted with this strategy in the school environment.

The goal is to obtain a 10% decrease in favorable attitudes towards marijuana use among students by September.

COSA-NCADD has activities planned for the next couple months at Camden School of Arts & Technology and Wilcox Central High. For the month of January, marijuana facts will be read to the entire school during morning announcements. Facts will highlight marijuana statistics as it relates to teens, along with the dangers and consequences of consuming marijuana. In addition to the morning announcements, a marijuana power point presentation will be available for all teachers to display on their classroom’s smartboard for students.

In February, COSA-NCADD plans to host a Parent Forum/Town Hall Meeting at Wilcox Central High. The forum will be designed for parents of youth, ages 12-17, to talk about marijuana and to answer questions the participants may have.  In addition, a Teacher Training on marijuana will be held at Camden School of Arts and Technology. The training will help develop a staff with knowledge on marijuana use and today’s cultural and social norms.

Some activities planned for March include a Town Hall for students will be held at Camden School of Arts & Technology to focus on the negative consequences of marijuana usage among teens. The panel will consist of the Wilcox County Superintendent, the school principal, the Wilcox County Judge, law enforcement and a marijuana expert.

For more information and a complete list of all the activities planned contact Ashley Robinson at 334-262-1629 or email arobinson@cosancadd.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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