The Ridgefield Prevention Council and Ridgefield Library sponsored a parent education program in May: Marijuana & Alcohol: Just the Facts without the Fiction, with speaker Alicia Farrell, PhD, cognitive psychologist and national keynote speaker. These two substances are commonly abused by adolescents, and Dr. Farrell spoke about the risks of use, and the challenges facing parents
Today, with medical marijuana laws in many states and the wide acceptance of alcohol in our culture, there is often a low “perception of risk” by teens around the use of both of these substances. Teens often misunderstand that since medical uses for marijuana are acceptable or since adults drink alcohol that there is not much danger for teenagers to use either marijuana or alcohol. They see opioid overdoses in the news, and in comparison marijuana and alcohol seem harmless. But, as we all know well, marijuana and alcohol are not harmless at all, especially to a young, developing brain.