An important part of our prevention and health promotion work is providing information and resources for parents, youth, schools, coaches and the communities we serve through the media. Look for Coalition announcements of parent workshops and programs, community forums, youth activities and more in the local news and on social media.


Drive Safe4Life - Impaired Driving Campaign  Created by youth for youth

PROM - Using Technology While Driving

Reading a text or sending a snap takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55ph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Let’s drive safe, not just on prom night - for life. #DriveSafe4Life

Driving with Visual and Noise Distractions

Listening to music in your car can be relaxing, but listening to loud music in your car can be incredibly distracting. It can slow your reaction time as much as 20%. On prom night, leave the loud music on the dance floor. #DriveSafe4Life   


Marijuana Public Service Announcements 2017

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Resources on Marijuana Addiction

Is marijuana addictive?

Marijuana use can lead to the development of problem use, known as a marijuana use disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases. Recent data suggest that 30 percent of those who use marijuana may have some degree of marijuana use disorder. People who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults. Read more

Is it possible for teens to become addicted to marijuana?

Yes. Contrary to common belief, marijuana is addictive. Estimates from research suggest that about 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana; this number increases among those who start young (to about 17 percent, or 1 in 6) and among daily users (to 25–50 percent). Read more

RI Department of Health Treatment Referral Form


Help Starts Here

Information and resources on how to get help with treatment and recovery in Rhode Island.

Resources on Marijuana in the Workforce

Marijuana and Business

Marijuana legalization also involves significant downsides to existing businesses.  As marijuana use has increased in states that have legalized its use, so has use by employees, both on and off the job. Large businesses in Colorado now state that after legalization they have had to hire out-of-state residents in order to find employees that can pass a pre-employment drug screen.  Read more

Toolkit to help you fight Big Marijuana

SAM working paper on projected costs of marijuana legalization in Rhode Island and an executive summary of that document.  Read more

Marijuana Use and Its Impact on Workplace Safety and Productivity

The number of people using marijuana in the United States is rising rapidly, and the impact of this increase is showing up at work. Drug testing services report more positive tests for marijuana, both in pre-employment drug screens and drug tests conducted for other reasons.  Read more

Resources on Marijuana Sales and Distribution

Learn About The Organization of Municipalities Concerned about Marijuana

The Organization of Municipalities Concerned about Marijuana (OMCM) is a SAM-led initiative consisting of officials from localities that have implemented strict controls on marijuana, including those that have banned marijuana stores altogether, and officials from other jurisdictions interested in promoting public health-based marijuana laws.  Read more

Big Tobacco 2.0 – Big Marijuana

People often ask us what our biggest fear of legalization is. The answer is simple: Big Pot. Already in Colorado, Washington and elsewhere, massive special interest groups and lobbies have emerged to protect the marijuana industry. Read more

Resources on Marijuana Edibles

Legalized Pot Sends More Kids to the Hospital in Colorado

Pot-laced cookies and other edibles were responsible for about half of the cases of children hospitalized for marijuana poisoning in Colorado in recent years, a new study finds.  Read more

The Marijuana Report – Overdoses Reported

A report from National Families in Action.  Read more

The Danger of Marijuana Edibles

Information and statistics from Smart Approaches to Marijuana. (SAM)

Special Concerns Associated with Marijuana Extractions, Concentrations, Infusions and Infused Foods

Information from Denver Department of Health.

Acute Marijuana Intoxication

Acute marijuana intoxication occurs when a person experiences immediate adverse effects from marijuana. This typically occurs after smoking or ingesting marijuana products, and can occur at all ages, and to naïve and chronic users.  Read more