PTTC Network Launches New Cannabis Prevention and Education Toolkit

October 4, 2019

The PTTC Network has identified seven areas to focus the development of new resources and training for the prevention workforce across the country. One of those areas of focus is cannabis prevention. A network-wide work group has been convened to develop and produce resources for the prevention field to use to support their efforts in implementing cannabis prevention and education. The mission of the PTTC Network Cannabis Prevention Work Group is to develop training and technical assistance tools, products, and service, related specifically to cannabis risk education and prevention, that can be deployed across the nation. New England PTTC's Director, Scott Gagnon serves as the chair of this workgroup. 


The Cannabis Prevention Work Group is pleased to release the first set of cannabis prevention and education resources. There are four products that are being released.  Each product is listed below along with a short description of the product, the suggested use, and a link to download the product.  For any questions or technical assistance needs for the utilization of these products, please contact the New England PTTC: [email protected]


Recorded Webinar: PTTC Cannabis Education Toolkit Launch & Listening Session

In this recorded webinar, participants will receive a detailed overview of each of the four products in the toolkit. The following will be covered in the webinar:

  • Description of each of the four tools,
  • Goals and intended uses for each product,
  • Tips and pointers for implementation,  
  • Questions or comments from webinar participants.

Link to view the recorded webinar (recorded on January 6, 2020). No continuing education is available. 


Facts Vs Myths Information Sheet:

This information sheet covers 7 common myths or misunderstandings as related to cannabis. These include myths on addiction, impairment, and other health effects. Each of the 7 myths is countered with the current evidence, including citations. The goal is to provide a tool for prevention providers to help respond to and educate the public around these common myths. 

Use: Tool for use in prevention messaging and education to help dispel misconceptions that may persist in the community around cannabis. This tool may be also useful as a handout at prevention education events.

Link to download | en españolem português


Cannabis Glossary – Terms by Topic

There are many terms, slang words, and other nomenclatures related to cannabis. This glossary will help prevention professionals be more familiar with these terms, to aid in competency when discussing these topics. Categories include plant anatomy, slang terms, terms related to cannabis products, cannabinoids, and other terms.

Use: Reference guide for prevention providers to familiarize themselves with the many terms related to cannabis.

Link to download


Cannabis Science Education Slide Banks

Two PowerPoint slide banks for prevention professionals to use in cannabis prevention and education work in their communities. The purpose of these slide banks is to provide prevention providers with researched and vetted tools they can feel confident in using in their cannanbis prevention presentations.


  • “Cannabis and the Brain” focuses on the pharmacology of cannabis and how it effects the brain.                                                             Link to download | en español | em português

  • “The Varied Forms, Potency, and Health Effects of Today’s Cannabis” covers the many forms of cannabis products, as well as trends in potency, and known health impacts. Link to download


UseYou can provide one or both of these slide banks as a stand-alone presentations or integrate them into a presentation including local data, trends, and strategies for cannabis prevention. Each slide bank includes presenter notes to guide the speaker on presenting the information contained in the slides.  The slide banks also include the references to all of the literature used to source the information presented.


NOTE: Please do not alter any of the slides. If you need additional information, please contact the New England PTTC: [email protected]  or (207) 626-3615


Also available from the New England PTTC...

The New England PTTC has a full array of training and technical assistance services and products in this area of cannabis science, policy, and prevention. Here is what we have available to bring to your state, organization, or community:

Prevention Skills in the Era of Legal Cannabis

This training provides an opportunity for prevention professionals, coalition members, and stakeholders to learn the latest on cannabis with a focus on the latest data, scientific research, and evolving policies.  This training will provide an overview and analysis of the latest cannabis policy trends in New England and the implications for prevention and public health.  This training will cover multiple areas of cannabis science including: cannabis and pregnancy, impact on youth development and behavioral health, impacts on physical health, impaired driving, and many others.  The training provides an overview of the many different forms and routes of consumption of cannabis and the public health implications of rising strengths and potencies. Learn more.

The Evolution of Cannabis Policies and Where Prevention Fits In

This half-day, 3 hour training provides more of a focus on policy and how it impacts public health and prevention.  The training provides an overview of the evolution of cannabis policies in the New England states.  The training discusses the importance of policy and the different layers of policy that need to be considered: federal, state, municipal, and organizational.  Participants will learn about unintended consequences that can arise from policy not informed by the science of cannabis, addiction, and public health.  Participants will learn the importance of educating the public and influencers with the science of cannabis.  Finally, participants will be introduced to how to use the prevention tools we already have at our disposal as commercial cannabis sales begin in some of our states and communities. Learn more.


If you're interested in hosting one or more of these trainings, please contact us at [email protected].


Presentation slides from the 2019 New England Summer School of Addiction Studies Cannabis Policy Plenary session:

Prevention in the Era of Legal Cannabis: The Evolution of Cannabis Policy and Where Prevention Fits In

Created and presented by: Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C, Director, New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.

Presentation description: Cannabis laws and policies are rapidly changing in states. Various decriminalization, medical cannabis, and adult-use cannabis policies are being debated and moving through state legislatures and ballot boxes. Amid all of this change, where does prevention fit in? This workshop shows participants how these policies can evolve, the implications for public health and safety, and how and where prevention fits in. Participants will learn from a presenter with hands-on experience both in prevention and shaping cannabis policies. Additionally, participants will learn about the new cannabis prevention training and technical assistance services from the New England PTTC. Click to Download this resource!

If you would like the New England PTTC to come provide this 3-hour presentation in your state or community, please send us a request! [email protected]


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