On Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a presentation on marijuana at Munsey Park Elementary School Auditorium, 1 Hunt Lane, Manhasset.
Topics include: Marijuana—What’s changed? Why is it so dangerous? What do I tell my kids?
Parents face more challenges than ever before in having conversations around marijuana use. Even though this drug is more potent than ever, the perception of harm is at an all-time low due to legalization and medicinal use. The ease of purchasing edibles and purchasing through social media is contributing to increased adolescent and teen use. Understand the vital role you play in preventing marijuana use and gain skills in having effective conversations and setting expectations.
Objectives for the presentation:
• Parents will be able to identify current marijuana trends and paraphernalia.
• Parents will gain knowledge of the potential impact of marijuana use on memory, motivation, mental health, physical health and driving skills.
• Dispelling some of the myths surrounding marijuana as a “harmless drug.”
• Parents will identify signs and symptoms of marijuana use in teens and actions they can take if concerns arise.
Presented by John M. Venza, LCSW-R, LMHC,a New York State licensed clinical social worker and licensed mental health counselor who has been working with children, adolescents and families for 39 years. He is the vice president of Adolescent and Residential Services for Outreach Development Corporation, where he provides clinical and administrative oversight to the largest residential adolescent substance abuse treatment programs in the downstate New York region.
—Submitted by Manhasset CASA