Navigating the Haze: Understanding the Current Legality of Cannabis in Virginia

Virginia’s Cannabis laws have undergone significant changes in recent years. The current legality of cannabis in the state of Virginia can be confusing, so let’s clear the air.

Social Connectedness and Well-Being

As humans, we’ve been living intimately, socially-intertwined lives for most of our species’ existence. We have long been able to assert the importance of relationships for human’s survival

Unveiling the Impact: Long-Term Effects of Cannabis on Youth Health

Cannabis has been linked to a range of mental health conditions, especially depression and anxiety.

Clearing the Smoke: Understanding Cannabis in Today’s Terms

Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug derived from the Cannabis plant. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, cannabis (marijuana) is one of the most used drugs in the United States. Its use is especially widespread among young people.

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

“ACEs” stands for “Adverse Childhood Experiences.” ACEs are situations or circumstances that people experience in childhood that negatively impact their physical, mental, and/or emotional well-being.

Opioids, Fentanyl, and the Need for More Opioid Education & Resources

Virginia is currently experiencing an increase in opioid related overdoses with an average of 4 Virginia’s dying from an opioid overdose every day. Opioids are a class of drug that include heroin, synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl), and prescription pain relievers such as morphine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), or oxycodone (Percocet).

Youth Prescription Drug Use

According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Teen Medicine Abuse Fact Sheet, recent trends show an increase in prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse among the youth.

Resiliency Kits Project at Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board

Designed by the Behavioral Health Wellness (BHW) Program at the HRCSB, Resiliency Kits are a way to respond to the growing number of middle and high school students in our community that report mental health concerns – including sadness, depression, and suicidal ideations.

Impacts Of The Opioid Epidemic In Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community

In 2020, 91,799 fatal overdose deaths were reported in the United States. Of this number, more than 75% of these drug-related fatalities are attributed to an opioid overdose

How Can I Get Involved With Substance Use Prevention?

Substance use prevention is critical to keeping our community safe and healthy. In Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County, there were 42.7 opioid overdoses per 10,000 emergency department visits in 2021.