The City of Santa Clarita will host a symposium on “The Immature Teen Brain on Pot” on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. The City’s annual hard-hitting drug awareness event will include a panel of local experts and a resource fair for parents, teens and members of the community.
Simply because marijuana can be deemed ‘legal’ with a prescription, this does not make it safe or smart. This common misconception can lead to other drug experimentation and unsafe behaviors. It is not uncommon to see teens stop the maturing process when they start smoking marijuana. Many of the City’s community partners who work in the field of drug rehabilitation and counseling have expressed that it is not uncommon to have a client that began their drug use with marijuana.
“The City is committed to educating teens and parents of teens on the perils of drug use, including marijuana,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “Through our various teen-focused programs, like the Heroin Kills series, we hope to bring more attention to the dangerous realities of drug use.”
The symposium will cover valuable information to help parents protect and educate their children about the short term and long term mental and physical effects of smoking marijuana. The program’s panel of local experts at this year’s event will include a law enforcement representative from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department, a drug recovery expert from Action Family Counseling, a family support resource from A Light of Hope, a physician from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and an education administrator from Hart School District. Mayor Marsha McLean and the City’s City Manager, Ken Striplin will also be in attendance.
Prior to the panel of speakers, attendees are invited to gather more information at the Resource Fair, including addiction and recovery experts. The Resource Fair will also include a thought-provoking art exhibit with pieces from local artists.
The Immature Teen Brain on Pot symposium is the fifth in the City’s Heroin Kills series and is free and open to the public. For more information on The Immature Teen Brain on Pot symposium or the entire Heroin Kills series, contact the City’s Community Services Office at (661) 250-3708. Additional information can be found by visiting heroinkills.org or the Heroin Kills Facebook page at fb.com/heroinkillsSCV.