Mental Health and Substance Abuse

  • Students

    Physical and mental health are critical for academic and personal success. Substance use is a major barrier to students reaching these goals. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Marijuana is linked to school failure, lower-income, and poorer quality of life.  It has a negative effect on attention, motivation, memory, and learning that can persist after the drug’s immediate effects wear off.   

    Unfortunately, drug use, especially marijuana and vaping, are rising among our youth at alarming proportions. Though recreational marijuana has been approved for adults in Michigan, it is ILLEGAL for anyone under the age of 21. Possession and providing youth with Marijuana can result in legal consequences which can impact your child’s future including college admissions and employment. DPSCD is committed to providing resources to help families understand, talk about and address drug use and addiction. Marijuana can cause the following issues. Talk to your child today about the use of Marijuana and other substances.

    • Panic attacks
    • Hallucinations
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Confusion
    • Paranoia
    • Agitation
    • Breathing problems
    • Heart issues
    • Memory issues

    (fentanyl-laced marijuana could result in overdoses and/or death)


      For help with substance abuse call: 24/7 hotline for help: 1-800-241-4949                              Additional resources are available here


    Students and Edibles

    The use of edibles (as well as vaping of marijuana) among kids and teenagers has been a rising national trend over the years. We ask for your support in closely monitoring and talking with your students about the negative impact of drugs. We have included several resources below for you regarding this topic: