Marijuana & Your Kids: Will They Try it?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Have you talked to your children about Marijuana? Whether in the context of your truthful past use or as part of a medical marijuana debate?
Air Date: 1/23/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Sharon Levy, MD
Sharon LevySharon Levy, MD, MPH is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; she also has a Master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.  She is the Director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Children's Hospital Boston where she has evaluated and treated hundreds of adolescents with substance use disorders\.  She has published extensively on the outpatient management of substance use disorders in adolescents, including screening and brief advice in primary care, the use of drug testing and the outpatient management of opioid dependent adolescents.  She is the PI of the SAMHSA-funded medical residency SBIRT project at Children's Hospital Boston and an NIAAA-funded study validating the youth alcohol screening tool in a population of youth with chronic medial illness.  Dr. Levy currently serves as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Abuse.

Marijuana & Your Kids: Will They Try it?
What effect does marijuana have on the body?  How do you talk to your children about it?

Should you tell your children the truth about your past Marijuana use? 

These and many other questions are answered as well as whether the use of medical marijuana is an appropriate therapy for pediatric patients. We also talk about why marijuana is particularly dangerous for children and adolescents whose brains are still developing compared to adults.


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