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Alcohol and Cannabis

Information and resources to help prevent and treat addiction of alcohol and cannabis among youth and adults.

Alcohol

  • Alcohol is among the most used drug by youth and adults and can harm your health.
  • Excessive drinking is the highest preventable cause of death in Oregon, after tobacco use and obesity. Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and drinking by pregnant women or people younger than 21.
  • One in five Oregonians reports drinking excessively.
  • Oregon ranks fifth in the country for having the most people reporting an alcohol use disorder in the past year.
  • Rethink the Drink is an Oregon Health Authority initiative to decrease excessive drinking and the harm it causes individuals, families and communities.

Resources for parents to prevent underage alcohol use

“Talk. They Hear You” is an underage drinking prevention national media campaign to empower parents and caregivers to talk with children early about alcohol and other drug use.

Partnership to End Addiction has evidence-based tools and resources for parents and caregivers to help prevent underage drinking. A Spanish language version of the site is available.

Alcohol’s Effects on Health will help you learn more about alcohol’s effect on the brain and body and what an alcohol use disorder is.

Cannabis

Cannabis or marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant that contains the mind-altering chemical THC. Marijuana use can have a wide range of health effects, including substance use disorder. The amount of THC in cannabis has been increasing steadily in recent decades, which can result in more harmful outcomes for some people.

Resources for parents to prevent underage cannabis use

As a parent or caregiver, your voice matters in the conversation about cannabis. Visit TalkWithThem.info to find information and resources. The Spanish language version of the site is available at HablaConEllos.info.

Safe storage and usage

Cannabis, like many other drugs, can be dangerous for children If your child eats or drinks cannabis products call the Poison Center Hotline as soon as possible at 1-800-222-1222. It can also affect a person's reaction time and ability to think clearly.

  • Cannabis can make children very sick.
  • Using cannabis while taking care of a baby isn’t safe.
  • Using cannabis affects your ability to drive, bike or operate machinery.
  • If you choose an edible cannabis product, especially for the first time, make sure you:
    • Are in a place you know you will be safe.
    • Have someone with you who is not using cannabis or other drugs.
    • Start with a single serving size.
    • Give yourself time to react to the THC.
    • Do not drive.

Alcohol and cannabis treatment and support

If you or someone you care about needs help with their alcohol or cannabis use, talk with a doctor or health provider. Don’t tackle this alone. Look here for free, confidential help now:

If your child is struggling with drug or alcohol use, here are some resources that can help:

  • Oregon Youth Line (text or call): 1-877-968-8491
  • Text teen2teen at 839863
  • Al-Anon/Ala-teen: www.al-anon.org or 1-800-344-2666

Washington County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program

This program focuses on enhancing community strategies that prevent substance use and misuse by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors associated with alcohol, cannabis and other drugs.

We can help in the following ways: 

  • Share resources, information and data. 
  • Assist with program development as well as communication and education planning  
  • Identify and review grants. 
  • Develop systems to support early identification of substance misuse. 
  • Training on data, SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) approaches, evidence-based or best practices, and policy. 

For more information or to request technical assistance, please contact [email protected].

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