Substance use, especially among our youth, poses serious risks not only for their present health but also for their developmental journey. Early exposure can significantly affect brain development, academic performance, and social connections. Furthermore, substance use can exacerbate existing mental health challenges, leading to a spiraling effect on overall well-being. As a community, it's essential that we understand, address, and prioritize these concerns. Our children's futures and the overall health of Campbell County depend on it
While most students choose to avoid the dangers and consequences of vaping, some students have gravitated towards vaping, lured by its perceived safety and the discreet nature of newer vaping devices. Misinformation, often spread among peers, promotes the notion that vaping is a safe alternative to traditional smoking. However, emerging research highlights its adverse effects on health and its potential for addiction. Tobacco use, in any form, is illegal until 21, and local law enforcement will give citations.
Synthetic marijuana, such as Delta 8, often referred to as synthetic cannabinoids or "spice," can come in various forms, including products that resemble everyday items like chapstick or highlighters. These products are designed to be discreet and can be easily mistaken for harmless items.
Cannabis use is illegal regardless of age in Wyoming. While cannabis use is illegal, synthetic substances, such as Delta 8, are available for purchase locally and is easy access. These substances can contain potentially psychoactive ingredients causing impairment and health impacts. If a student is caught with synthetic marijuana or other drugs on school campus, CCSD will follow strict disciplinary action.
Engage with your child in a friendly conversation about vaping. Learn together about its effects, and create a trusting environment where they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts.
Most students choose to live their life without the influence of alcohol or marijuana. However increased youth are facing increased pressure with normalization of recreational alcohol and marijuana use. This is leading to earlier exposure and potential misconceptions about the safety and impacts of use. Regular use can impair judgment, hinder academic performance, and affect emotional stability.
Stay active in your child's life. Set a positive example and not over consume if you choose to drink. Talk to your children and let them know your expectations and rules regarding alcohol and marijuana use. Parental influence is the #1 reasons teens report not using!
The illicit drug landscape in our region is witnessing the alarming rise of fentanyl and other potent narcotics. These substances, often mixed with other drugs, amplify overdose risks due to their potent nature. The introduction of such drugs in our community threatens the safety and well-being of our children. Some students may not even know something is laced with fentanyl.