Youth Perception of Marijuana Risk Decreases

In Linn County the percentage of youth who perceive regular marijuana use to be a great risk has decreased. In 2010, 64% of 6th graders and 61% of 8th graders thought that using marijuana regularly posed a great risk. According to the most recent Student Wellness Survey, “perceived risk” has decreased by as much as twenty percentage points among local youth. Perceived risk, the risk to the user that teenagers associate with the drug, has been a lead indicator of future use. See full report

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Linn County S.T.A.N.D. Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Linn County S.T.A.N.D. (Students Taking Action Not Drinking) has launched a mental health awareness campaign in local high schools. The campaign includes materials developed by Linn County high school students to increase awareness that mental health is part of physical health. For more information, contact S.T.A.N.D. coordinator Shannon Snair at 541-967-3819.