The Burden of Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) Among Youth
Description: Youth cannabis use presents a significant health risk. Youth cannabis rates have been on the rise in Vermont and nationally.1
Policy Statement: The Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA) supports significant and ongoing funding to uphold a comprehensive, evidence-supported system of cannabis use education, prevention, screening, intervention, treatment and recovery. There should be a focus on decreasing risk factors for cannabis use and increasing factors protective against youth cannabis use, cannabis misuse and associated mental and physical illnesses.
Supported Actions: VtPHA supports the actions and recommendations outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)2. These actions include:
About the association
VtPHA is a membership organization which facilitates collaboration among people who care about public health and are interested in protecting and promoting the health of Vermont residents.
VtPHA is an Affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries. Learn more at www.apha.org.
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