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As of January 1, 2020, non-medical Cannabis became legal to possess and use for residents of Illinois who are 21 years and older. Illinois, the first state to pass legislation around non-medical use of Cannabis, has joined 10 other states in legalizing it. This new law outlines specific guidelines regarding the possession and consumption of non-medical Cannabis use, and how using this substance can affect adults, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and teenagers. To address the law, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has launched a communications campaign, “ Let’s Talk Cannabis Illinois ,” to provide a clear and objective source of information about legal Cannabis use, and the safety and health implications of use.

The “ Let’s Talk Cannabis Illinois ” campaign, which is expected to last six weeks, includes:

  • A comprehensive website featuring key information about what types of use are legal and illegal, and the health consequences of use;
  • Health information for priority audiences, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, adults, parents and teenagers;
  • Downloadable fact sheets that can be used and shared by community partners;
  • Social, digital and radio advertisements to proactively reach Illinois residents with legal and health information.

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Illinois Cannabis Resources
With Illinois now having legalized cannabis for recreational adult use, it's important to look to our Virtual Clearinghouse for helpful links, family guides, and other resources to assist in your prevention efforts.

Click Here to Visit the Marijuana Resource Section
What Parents Should Know about Marijuana

As of January 1, 2020, individuals over the age of 21 in the state of Illinois will be able to legally purchase cannabis (marijuana) from licensed dispensaries. While the state has now permitted sale of non-medical or recreational marijuana, it's ...

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Illinois pardons more as legal cannabis sales begin

It's a new year and, for Illinois, a new era of recreational marijuana. Weed dispensaries across the state opened their doors before sunrise Wednesday, welcoming long lines of customers - some who had been waiting since 4 a.m. ...

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'Don't drive high': Officials ramping up cannabis education
Public and private groups are ramping up their marijuana public education campaigns now that the drug has been legalized in Illinois. Chicagoans can see the messages online and on billboards around the city: “Don’t consume cannabis if pregnant or breastfeeding … Don’t drive while high…

CDC: Millions are driving under the influence of drugs

A new CDC report found that in 2018, 12 million American adults said they had driven under the influence of weed in the 12 months prior to the survey. About 2.3 million said they had driven under the influence of illicit drugs such as cocaine or...

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FDA bars sales of most e-cigarette pod flavors after 30 days

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday ordered companies to stop manufacturing, distributing and selling most cartridge-based e-cigarette flavors - including mint and fruity flavors - by early February, saying the crackdown is urgently...

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New weapon in war against opioids: An implanted device...

An opioid overdose can be a lonely death. People who use drugs often do so in private, and should they get a dose stronger than they can tolerate, no one will be there to save them with the overdose-reversing medication naloxone.

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Learn About National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs! Take a quick look at what you need to do to get ready for your NDAFW event!

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Understanding the
Illinois Cannabis
Regulation and Tax
Act and What it Means
for Prevention

Marijuana is now legal for adults in Illinois as of January 1, 2020. You might be wondering what’s in the law and what it means for your prevention efforts. During this recorded webinar, participants will learn about the Illinois marijuana law, including benefits and concerns related to legalization. We’ll also discuss relevant prevention education messages and strategies.

This is a recorded webinar from December 2019. Click Here  to be directed to the webinar registration page and webinar recording.
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Perhaps you were busy during the live webinar...or didn't know when it was scheduled. We've got ya covered!

Check out the Recorded Webinar tab in the SUPP Training Events. In each description is a link to the recording. Simply complete the registration and submit. The recording will begin and you are ready to go! NOTE: No CEUs are offered for recorded webinars.
CADCA National Leadership Forum

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Fake IDs

Communities across Illinois are seeing an increase of Fake ID usage for underage alcohol purchase and consumption. Youth are purchasing these Fake ID’s online and, in many cases, in bulk. Prevention providers and coalitions can educate youth, their parents and the business community on the dangers of these Fake ID’s. Youth are using their own name, address, and other identifiable indicators to obtain these products; only changing their date of birth. They are potentially paying these companies to steal their identity. You can read a more in-depth report on Fake ID’s in America located in the Resource section on the APRC website .

For more information to share with youth and their parents check out our Fake ID infographic
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Virtual Clearinghouse
There are loads of great resources in the Virtual Clearinghouse on the Prevention First website.

Resources include printed materials, digital materials, presentations, and helpful links. New materials are added periodically so be sure to visit often.