New England PTTC at the 2019 National Prevention Network Conference
Photo: New England PTTC Director, Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C presenting at the 2019 NPN Conference session: The Evolution of State Marijuana Policies and Where Prevention Fits In
In August, the New England PTTC Team traveled to Chicago to attend the 2019 National Prevention Network Conference. It was a great conference with many learning opportunities, as well as opportunities to network with prevention professionals from New England and fellow PTTC's from across the country. New England PTTC's Director, Scott Gagnon, provided a breakout session on marijuana policy and prevention. The session entitled, The Evolution of State Marijuana Policies and Where Prevention Fits In, walked participants through how marijuana laws and policies in states can change and shift rapidly and how they impact public health and prevention.
"In the end, if there was one message I wanted to get across it was that we as prevention professionals need to be marijuana policy-literate.', Scott states. "We need to know the laws and policies that are passing in our states and communities and how they will impact public health. Then, we can use the tools we have in our prevention toolbox to identify the prevention strategies we will implement to prevent and minimize the potential issues that may arise from these policies."
New England prevention professionals unable to make it to the NPN Conference will get a chance this month to see Scott's presentation. The New England PTTC will be hosting a webinar version of the workshop on September 25th, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.