The Changing Face of Marijuana – Revisiting the Conversation with Adolescents


The Changing Face of Marijuana - Revisiting the Conversation with Adolescents

Dr. John Kelly, MGH & Brookline High School Peer Leaders

April 8, 7 p.m.

Brookline High School’s Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium

Marijuana forum

With current plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries locally and the recent legalization of marijuana use recreationally in other states, cannabis is very much a part of our culture. There is a spectrum of shifting attitudes in Brookline that has left many of us a little unclear. How does this new landscape impact the conversations we are having with our children, who certainly are getting mixed messages about the safety of marijuana? How do we clear up misinformation and misperceptions to help prevent cannabis abuse.  B-PEN welcomes Brookline parents and the community at large to  this National Public Health Week forum featuring a student panel addressing what’s happening now among Brookline youth and Dr. John Kelly, from Massachusetts General Hospital’s ARMS Program, talking about marijuana’s impact on the teen brain and how casual use can become habitual use, addressing addiction and treatment.  Please register for this event at

(Co-sponsored by Brookline Parent Education Network (B-PEN) and Brookline Department of Public Health)




Thursday November 14,  2013 7-8:30 P.M., Driscoll School Theatre

October, 2013 – On November 14, at 7 p.m., B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) and the Brookline Police/PSB Health Education AWARE program invite 6th-8th grade parents to an evening with Patricia Snell, a Norfolk County Advocates internet safety, cyberbullying and bullying consultant.  Register for this FREE town-wide presentation at


10 year Study Confirms Marijuana Use Increases Risk of Academic Problems


June 7, 2013 – 10 Year Study Confirms Marijuana Use Increases Risk of Academic Problems

The University of Maryland School of Public Health released a report connecting 9218623marijuana use with problems of academic performance and retention.

The study followed 1200 college freshman over a 10 year period of time.    “On average, (marijuana use) increases your risk of having academic problems,” says  Amelia Arria, director for the Center on Young Adult Health and Development.  “I don’t think people are really putting this together with the possible effect it could have on long-term success. … It’s something people really need to consider.”

Click here to read the entire USA College article.  

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008, Stimulants Contributing to Sustained Rx Epidemic


April 23, 2012 – National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008, Stimulants Contributing to Sustained Rx Epidemic

PILL-BOTTLE-1New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at and MetLife Foundation confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. One in eight teens (13 percent) now reports that they have taken the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall when it was not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime.

Contributing to this sustained trend in teen medicine abuse are the lax attitudes and beliefs of parents and caregivers. In fact, nearly one-third of parents say they believe Rx stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, normally prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can improve a teen’s academic performance even if the teen does not have ADHD. Parents are not effectively communicating the dangers of Rx medicine misuse and abuse to their kids, nor are they safeguarding their medications at home and disposing of unused medications properly. (Read the full report here)