Westchester Declares "Healthy Teen Brain Day"
In an effort to educate teenagers about the perils of marijuana use and its negative effects on brain development, Westchester County leaders on Thursday joined dozens of students, community advocates, health professionals and members of the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth for an event celebrating young people who choose to abstain from the drug.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued guidelines for parents and physicians that include telling teens that marijuana is not a benign drug. It can cause abnormal brain development and impact memory, concentration and executive functioning skills,” according to Marcia J. Nackenson, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College and interim chief of adolescent medicine at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, which is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.
NYMC Faculty: Marcia J. Nackenson, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics