Marijuana Legalization and Kids

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: With marijuana legalized in many places, how should you talk to your kids about marijuana usage?
Air Date: 2/25/20
Duration: 17:42
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Margaret Stager, MD
M Stager photoDr. Margaret Stager is the Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center, a teaching hospital for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

She obtained her medical degree from the State University of Buffalo, New York, School of Medicine; completed a Pediatric Residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio; and completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

As Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Stager is responsible for the teaching and training of medical students and residents in the practice of Adolescent Medicine. The Adolescent Medicine Clinic serves teens and young adults from ages 12-26 years and includes services such as annual medical exams, sports physicals, reproductive health care, screening for drug and alcohol problems, diagnosis of eating disorders, identifying mental health disorders, management of teen obesity, and other common adolescent conditions such as acne, asthma, and allergies.

Dr. Stager’s research interests include safety and efficacy trials for teen vaccines such as the HPV vaccine; type-2 diabetes; DepoProvera contraception, and the effect of text messaging on improving vaccination rates.

Dr. Stager has held leadership positions both regionally and nationally. Currently she serves on the Adolescent Health Committee for the Ohio AAP and is an active member for the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She is past President of the Women’s Faculty School of Medicine Organization at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, past Interim Chair of the MetroHealth Department of Pediatrics, and holds positions on national committees such as the Executive Committee of the Section of Adolescent Health and the HPV vaccine Advisory Panel of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Marijuana Legalization and Kids
Many states are legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical use. This adds complications for parents when discussing marijuana.

The Federal government still classifies marijuana as illegal, even though 27 states have legalized marijuana for different uses.

Parents must have age-appropriate conversations with children. Six percent of high school students report having used marijuana before age 13. Discuss short-term and long-term effects of marijuana.

Listen as Dr. Margaret Stager joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss marijuana.
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