Marijuana Education and Prevention

According to the Michigan Profile for Health Youth (MiPHY) survey taken by Shiawassee youth in 2017-2018, about 52% of high schools students reported that marijuana was sort of easy or very easy to get and about 37% reported smoking once or twice a week.

“What You Weed To Know” Campaign

The Shiawassee Prevention Network (SPN) and the Shiawassee County Health Department (SCHD) teamed up to provide awareness and education around medical and adult use marijuana. The “What You Weed To Know” campaign aims to bring awareness about not driving high and safe storage.

Campaign materials have been distributed in the community and include:

  • Don’t Drive High Rack Card

  • Safe Storage Rack Card

  • Don’t Drive High billboards

  • Don’t Drive High ad – Secretary of State

  • “What You Weed to Know” ad – NCG Cinema

  • Social Media videos

SPN and SCHD have partnered with local agencies to distribute lock boxes to the community. County residents can pick up a free lock box at SCHD, no appointment necessary between Monday and Friday from 8:30AM-11:00AM or 1:00PM – 4:30PM. Lock Boxes include:

  • Don’t Drive High Rack Card

  • Safe Storage Rack Card

  • Don’t Drive High keychain

  • Poison Control information

  • Lock

  • Talking to Children and Teens about Marijuana
  • Safe Storage for Medical and Adult Use Marijuana
  • Lock It Up – Safe Storage for Medical Marijuana
Talking to Children and Teens about Marijuana

Look for chances to talk about marijuana with your child/teen. Talk about marijuana use and:

  • Why some people use
  • How it affects the brain
  • Your expectations
  • Consequences of their use

Be active in your child’s life to help them make good choices. By being a good role model, you can affect their healthy decisions. Tell your children about what maruana does to the brain and the effects it can have on them. If your child uses marijuana, it will be hard for them to:

  • Think
  • Learn
  • Make good choices
Safe Storage for Medical and Adult Use Marijuana

Child Proof Packaging

At home, it is good to store your marijuana in a lock box. Pick a spot in your home that a child can’t reach. Keep the following in mind when storing marijuana:

  • Use a lock box
  • Keep your marijuana in the box at all times
  • Never leave the marujuana out, even if you plan to use it soon
  • Keep marijuana out of sight

Accidental Use

Keep marijuana edibles away from children and pets. Call the Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if your child has accidentally eaten marijuana. Calling is free. Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away if your child is not breathing or is unconscious. Accidental marijuana use by children causes:

  • Sleepiness
  • Difficulty sitting up or walking
  • Dizziness
  • Looking blue
  • A sore chest
  • Vomiting

Call the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 or call your veterinarian if your pet has accidentally eaten marijuana.

Lock It Up – Safe Storage for Medical Marijuana

SPN and SCHD are offering a free lock box for the safe storage of marijuana. You can pick up a FREE lock box at any of the following locations.  Please call ahead for business hours.

Shiawassee Health and Wellness
1555 Industrial Drive
(989) 723-6791

Shiawassee County Health Department
149 E Corunna Avenue, Ste 2
(989) 743-2355

Shiawassee Council on Aging
300 N Washington Street
(989) 723-8875

Owosso Public Safety
202 S Water Street
(989) 725-0580

Memorial Healthcare
Attn:  Becky
826 W King Street
(989) 720-CARE (2273)

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