The leading cause of death for high school students is motor vehicle accidents and the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle accident increases 10-fold after marijuana smoking. There are many misconceptions surrounding driving under the influence of marijuana in adolescents and few high schools are spending adequate time addressing this issue directly. The 2015 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 18% of students in Addison County rode in a car or other vehicle in the past 30 days with someone who was using marijuana. This project was designed to present information about driving under the influence of marijuana to Vergennes Union High School students in small group settings. Topics discussed include the effects of smoking marijuana on clinical judgement and reaction time, consequences of driving under the influence, and how to talk to peers about this issue.
Little City Family Practice Vergennes, Vermont
marijuana, influence, driving, motor vehicle accident, Vermont, driving under the influence, adolescents
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Johnston, Margaret S., "Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana: Education of Vergennes Union High School Students" (2017). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 249.