Vista, CA — Vista Community Clinic are collaborating with a group in Colorado this weekend to coordinate a virtual walk to address suicide & youth substance-use prevention walk. It’s super easy! Community members are asked to go for a walk & take a picture, post it on social media and use the hashtag #StopDabbing.–
Adolescent marijuana vaping is at an all-time high. From 2018 to 2019 marijuana vaping was ranked among the largest single-year increase ever observed by Monitoring the Future. In San Diego County, marijuana remains the primary drug of choice for adolescents (CCR, 2020). This is concerning because recent studies have shown that marijuana has serious long-term negative impacts on youth brain development and mental health.
Laura Stack, a mother in Colorado, feels the pain of that impact every day. Last November 2019, her son Johnny died by suicide at the age of 19 after suffering from mental illness and substance use of highly potent THC.
Johnny’s mother is sharing both her grief of losing her son, and the latest research on marijuana’s impacts on teens in the hopes of saving others: “We are a normal suburban family and did normal family things. He had a happy life, a 4.0 GPA with a scholarship to college, and a family who loved him very much. Unfortunately, we live in Colorado, which was the first state to legalize marijuana in 2014, when Johnny was 14 years old,” she shares on the website.
Based in Colorado, Johnny’s Ambassadors is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-potent THC marijuana on the developing adolescent mind (https://johnnysambassadors.org/)
In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month this September, and in support of Johnny’s Ambassadors, the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) is encouraging all to walk to help raise awareness of the impacts of youth substance use on mental illness and suicide.