The City of Santa Clarita hosted The Immature Teen Brain on Pot symposium last night at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. The City’s annual hard-hitting drug awareness event included a panel of local experts and a resource fair for attendees.
Simply because marijuana can be deemed ‘legal’ with a prescription, this does not make it safe or smart. This common misconception can lead to drug experimentation and unsafe behaviors. It is not uncommon to see teens stop the maturing process when they start smoking marijuana. Many of the City’s community partners who work in the field of drug rehabilitation and counseling have expressed that it is not uncommon to have a client that began their drug use with marijuana.
The symposium covered valuable information to help parents protect and educate their children about the short term and long term mental and physical effects of smoking marijuana. The program’s panel of local experts included a law enforcement representative from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department, a drug recovery expert from Action Family Counseling, a family support resource from A Light of Hope, a physician from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and an education administrator from Hart School District.
The Immature Teen Brain on Pot symposium is the fifth in the City’s Heroin Kills series. For more information on The Immature Teen Brain on Pot symposium or the entire Heroin Kills series, visit HeroinKills.org or the Heroin Kills Facebook page at fb.com/heroinkillsSCV.