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Monday, July 22, 2019

Marijuana and Teenage Brain Development

While an increasing number of states are legalizing marijuana, concerns remain about its long-term effects on the adolescent brain. 

What does marijuana do to a developing brain?
Studies have shown that marijuana use may impair functions such as attention, memory, learning and decision-making. Impairment can continue for days after the initial high. Research also suggests that marijuana may do more harm to a teen’s cognitive development than alcohol. How do such impairments impact school attendance, performance and personal safety?
Substance Use Navigator, Nikki Nichols, MSW, LSW, will lead a discussion on studies and concerns about marijuana use during adolescence on Thursday, August 29, 6-7:30 PM, at the Atlantic County Library/Galloway, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Nichols is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of the Atlantic County Children’s Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (CIACC) that provides presentations for community groups on a variety of topics related to children’s mental health, substance use and developmental disability services.
For more information about this presentation or the CIACC, please contact Kathryn Saxton-Granato, CIACC Coordinator, at: or (609) 645-7700, ext. 4507.

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