Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Changing Perception of Risk

National Prevention Week 2016 Webinar


As social norms regarding the harms of marijuana use shift, communities face increasing challenges to prevent and reduce youth marijuana use. At the same time, limited information exists on the effectiveness of strategies designed to prevent marijuana use among young people.

This presentation will explore how attitudes, beliefs, and norms about marijuana influence its use, highlighting examples of how states have increased perception of risk among young people. Discussion will also highlight strategies for preventing youth marijuana use and new CAPT tools to support prevention efforts.

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Prevention providers working at the state, tribe, jurisdiction and local levels


Lourdes Vázquez

Lourdes Vazquéz is the coordinator of SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) Southeast Resource Team. Prior to assuming this position, she worked for many years as a training and technical assistance provider for the CAPT.

Gisela Rots

Gisela Rots is the coordinator of SAMHSA’s CAPT Northeast Resource Team, responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of training and technical assistance to the service area’s 11 states. Prior to joining the CAPT, Gisela worked with local Massachusetts communities funded by SPF SIG, Block grant, and other federal, state and local dollars to reduce underage drinking, opioid overdose, and marijuana use.

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