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Development of the REACH (Real Education About Cannabis and Health) Program for Canadian Youth.

J Nurs Educ. 2020 Aug 01;59(8):465-469

Authors: King PM, Klemmer J, Mansell K, Alcorn J, Mansell H

BACKGROUND: Because cannabis use in children can have negative consequences, the recent legalization of recreational cannabis for adults in Canada creates an urgent need for youth education.
METHOD: A multidisciplinary clinical rotation was developed wherein nursing and pharmacy students collaborated with youth (grades 7 through 10) to construct an educational program about cannabis. Four schools participated, representing a variety of socioeconomic demographics. Feedback was solicited from students and stakeholders. The purpose of this project was to create REACH (Real Education About Cannabis and Health), a toolkit and curriculum resource that includes lesson plans for teachers covering the science of cannabis, social science implications, peer pressure, decision making and harm reduction, videos featuring youth testimonials, and supplemental resources.
RESULTS: Preliminary feedback suggests the materials are engaging and informative.
CONCLUSION: A collaboration of health science students with youth in schools resulted in an authentic and relatable educational program about cannabis. Future studies will evaluate REACH’s effectiveness in seventh- and ninth-grade students. [J Nurs Educ. 2020;59(8):465-469.].

PMID: 32757012 [PubMed – in process]

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