August 25, 2014

Frequent Marijuana Use in Teens and Young Adults Can Affect the Brain: Researchers

Using marijuana at least once a week can lead to cognitive decline, poor attention and memory and decreased IQ in teens and young adults, according to researchers at the American Psychological Association annual meeting.
Krista Lisdahl, Director of the Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, noted that 6.5 percent of high school seniors reported smoking marijuana daily, up from 2.4 percent in 1993. Among young adults ages 18 to 25, almost one-third said they had used marijuana in the last month, Lisdahl noted in a news release. She said a 2012 study found people who have become addicted to marijuana can lose an average of six IQ points by adulthood.
“It needs to be emphasized that regular cannabis use, defined here as once a week, is not safe and may result in addiction and neurocognitive damage, especially in youth,” Lisdahl wrote in a study she so-authored in the journal Current Addiction Reports.

August 21, 2014

Overdose Awareness Day

Overdose Awareness Day is August 30, 2014, at Busse Woods South in Elk Grove Village. This memorable gathering serves as the one day of the year where overdose is recognized on an international level and here in Illinois as proclaimed by Governor Quinn. Individuals, families and groups from across Illinois will be in attendance to honor those lost to accidental overdose, provide hope for those still struggling, and thank those who are working to revive victims of overdose. Any organization can get information, register as an attendee, or sign up for a sponsorship or resource table at ODAwarenessDayIL.org. Attendance and resource tables are FREE and the LCOI steering committee encourages all of you to spread the word and come on out to this important event. For questions, please reach out to Chelsea Laliberte at chelsea@live4lali.org or 847.814.3988.