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Priorities & Initiatives Marijuana Use Among Youth

MCSAP’s Data & Evaluation Committee identified county-specific data on potential substance abuse prevention priorities in order to rank and prioritize our efforts. Potential priorities were those identified in the Wisconsin Epidemiological Profile on Alcohol and Other Drug Use, 2012: underage drinking, adult binge drinking, drinking among pregnant women, alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, and drug-related deaths.

A fact sheet of Milwaukee County data was developed and shared with the Coalition. After reviewing the data and through on-going discussions, some Coalition members felt that there was something missing: marijuana. Based on their experiences working in communities, they felt that rates of marijuana use among youth were very high, with life-long consequences (e.g. employment). Therefore, the committee identified other data sources on marijuana use and updated the fact sheet for all the potential priorities, and the prioritization process began.

Three criteria: severity, size/magnitude, and local prevalence (e.g. over-representation of issues in Milwaukee County vs. the state/nation), were selected by the coalition to use to assess potential priorities. In March 2013, the coalition voted and preventing marijuana use among youth was added to MCSAP's priorities.

For more information on data surrounding marijuana use in Milwaukee County, view the Priority #1 dashboard.

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The Priorities

MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in our two current priority areas: marijuana use among youth and fatal drug overdose, with a particular emphasis on prescription drugs.

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