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Vista Community Clinic (VCC) 420 Remix a Success

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Vista, CA -Some people refer to “420” or April 20th as a day associated with cannabis. There are many theories on the origin of this. One of the most repeated is that a small group of high school students in San Rafael, CA originated the slang term in 1971. Now, a much larger group of  North County teens want to change that perception with an annual event called “420 Remix”.

The goal of 420 Remix is to give middle school and high school students a fun way to celebrate the day, without intoxicating substances. The 2024 theme is “Aim for the Sky, Don’t Get High”.

 Members of Elevate Youth CA and the NAACP Youth Council helped to organize this year’s event, with the North Coastal Prevention Coalition and the Vista Community Clinic Alcohol & Other Drugs Program.

420 Remix was held at John Landes Park in Vista, with activities including a live DJ and dance party, games, arts and crafts, a wellness tent with a trained therapy dog, raffle prizes, food trucks, ice cream, and more. Nearly 250 people participated, by volunteering or joining in to have a good time.

The Oceanside Fire Department gave attendees an up-close look at the fire engine, while the Sheriff’s Department and Oceanside Police Department joined other community organizations for the resource fair. Among the participants were the Vista High School STAAY Club (Spreading Tobacco & Alcohol Awareness Youth), North County San Diego Young Marines, RESPECT Project, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Oceanside Boys & Girls Club, Clean Earth4Kids, MiraCosta College, Love on a Leash, North County LGBTQ Center, San Diego County Office of Equitable Communities, and Students Demand Action.

Students received a variety of free give-away items and an extra raffle ticket for visiting the educational booths. Parents received a tote bag with information on community resources, substance-use prevention materials, and naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose if administered right away. In the case of an overdose, it is still important to call 911 for additional medical support.

Organizers say one of the event goals is reinforcing a substance-free lifestyle as the social norm. Most teens are not using cannabis, according to the 2022-2023 CA Healthy Kids Survey of 11th graders. In Vista’s traditional high schools, 89% of Juniors reported no use of cannabis in the last 30 days, while the rates of non-use were 88% in Oceanside, and 93% in Carlsbad.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that early and frequent use can adversely affect brain development, including difficulty with thinking, problem-solving, memory, learning, and maintaining attention. Youth cannabis use is also linked to cannabis use disorder, depression, social anxiety, psychosis, and schizophrenia.

These themes were reflected in many of the 420 Remix PSA contest entries, in which students submitted original artwork reflecting the theme, “Aim for the Sky, Don’t Get High”.  The 2024 winners are Michael Torres Gonzalez (1st place still image), Crizeyda Rodriguez (2nd place still image), and Eva Cooley (3rd place still image). Alycia and Elijan Rankin won 1st place for their video entry.

The 420 Remix PSA contest and student event will return next year.

Resources and services are available to assist with screening, treatment, and recovery for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). The Access and Crisis Line is open year-round, 24/7, at (888)724-7240.

Funded by the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency

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