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What to Do If Your Child Smokes Marijuana

Posted by Informed Families on March 12, 2023 at 3:07 PM

Today, widespread marijuana use has become an unfortunate fact of life. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have legalized its use, and 20 others—including Florida—have approved it for medical use. Celebrities like Bill Maher, Willie Nelson, and Woody Harrelson brag about their constant use of the drug.

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Topics: parenting, marijuana legalization, marijuana, teenagers, teens, cannabis

The Iceberg of Denial

Posted by Peggy B. Sapp, President & CEO on March 8, 2023 at 9:52 PM

President's Message - March 2023

Understanding connections between mental health, diseases, and social problems are the underlying icebergs (frequently created by our own behavior) that stop us from seeing the problem correctly and taking appropriate action. 
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Topics: President's Message, marijuana legalization, marijuana, Informed Families, cannabis

Marijuana Use Rising Despite the Dangers

Posted by Informed Families on September 17, 2022 at 11:31 AM

Unfortunately, the news on the popularity of marijuana keeps getting worse, not better.

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Topics: parenting, marijuana, teenagers, teens, drugs, vaping

Study: Kids Who Vape Are More Likely to Use Marijuana

Posted by Informed Families on September 12, 2022 at 8:59 AM

A 2016 survey found that about 10 million Americans vaped regularly. Nearly half of those were under the age of 35, with 18-24-year-olds the most frequent users. In 2018, over three million high school students and 570,000 middle school students reported they were using e-cigarettes, according to the CDC. And the trend is rising: In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that one in nine high school students said they had vaped in the past month.

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Topics: parenting, marijuana, teenagers, teens, drugs, vaping

Warn Your Kids About Today’s Weed

Posted by Informed Families on October 8, 2021 at 5:00 AM

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use by adults in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and for medical use in 34 others. Its growing acceptance may lull both parents and teens into thinking it’s a relatively harmless substance.

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Topics: marijuana

Marijuana Unsafe for Younger People

Posted by Informed Families on March 5, 2021 at 7:00 AM

As marijuana use becomes legal in more states (although its use is still a federal crime), the long-standing stigma associated with the drug has begun to recede. But that doesn’t mean it’s safe. And it’s especially unsafe for teens and young adults.

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Topics: marijuana

Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know

Posted by Informed Families on May 8, 2020 at 8:30 AM


With marijuana being legalized in more and more states, many teens now believe it's safe for them to use. But evidence shows it's not. Make sure you and your kids can separate fact from fiction when it comes to marijuana.

MYTH: It’s safer than alcohol

FACT: Alcohol and marijuana are both associated with serious problems, especially if used by teens and young adults under age 21 – when the brain and body are still rapidly developing.  

MYTH: It’s okay to drive while high

FACT: After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often found in the blood of driver’s involved in crashes.


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Topics: marijuana legalization, marijuana, communication, teenagers, teens, drugs, drug use, myths

Is COVID-19 a Greater Threat to Teens Who Vape or Smoke?

Posted by Informed Families on March 25, 2020 at 1:29 PM

Is there a link between vaping and coronavirus? While experts say it’s impossible to say for sure, according the National Institute of Drug Abuse the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who vape or smoke tobacco or marijuana because it attacks the lungs.

Informed Families is partnering with the Lung Love Foundation to help educate parents and teens about the dangers of vaping. Lung Love Foundation founder, Chance Ammirata, was only 18 years old when he almost lost his life to Juuling.  After his near death experience he took to social media to spread awareness of the dangers of vaping. Watch this CBS news clip to learn more about Chance’s story.

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Topics: parenting, marijuana, teenagers, teens, parents, juul, vaping

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Vaping

Posted by Informed Families on September 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Until recently, most parents were not as concerned about their teenager vaping as they would be if their child experimented with other drugs.

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Topics: marijuana, prevention, teens, nicotine, e-cigarettes, juul, vaping

National Survey on Drug Use and Health Findings Announced

Posted by Informed Families on August 29, 2019 at 3:04 PM

National Survey on Drug Use and Health Findings Announced

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey is the nation’s primary resource for data on mental health and substance use among Americans.

Among the findings:

  • The number of Americans misusing pain relievers dropped substantially, and fewer young adults are abusing heroin and other substances.
  • Marijuana continues to be the most widely used illicit drug. Frequent marijuana use, in youth (aged 12-17 years) and young adults, appears to be associated with risk for opioid use, heavy alcohol use, and major depressive episodes
  • A majority of people who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends & family, or healthcare providers & prescribers.
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Topics: marijuana, prescription drug abuse, drug free, samhsa

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We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes. In this way we counteract the pressures in society that condone and promote drug and alcohol use and abuse. The organization educates thousands of families annually about how to stay drug and alcohol free through networking and a variety of programs and services .

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