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An Easy-to-Use Tool to Check for Marijuana and/or Fentanyl

By Heidi Swan | November 1, 2021

My brother and I made a lot of bad decisions as teenagers. One of them was to use marijuana. We both thought it was harmless. Then I had psychosis from it. After that, I rarely used it because it scared me so much. My brother liked the “fun house” feeling it gave him and he…

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Why I Wrote Potency Caps Are Needed to Protect Kids

By Heidi Swan | September 28, 2021

Washington State Representative, Lauren Davis, has tried two times to put potency caps on THC products. Several other states have made efforts, as well. Colorado’s legislature, for example, heard countless hours of testimony from teens, parents, and educators/caregivers about the mental and physical harms of ultra-high potency THC products. Still, the industry has very few…

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My Interview with Fox.com Described as a Hit Piece

By Heidi Swan | September 28, 2021

It’s nice to see a couple of months after my interview with Fox.com was published, it’s still being talked about. However, the author misunderstood my comments about chamomile tea. My meaning is that lawmakers act as though marijuana has the same side effects as chamomile tea. Not that they would regulate it in the same…

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Why Aren’t Our Lawmakers Being Honest About THC Risks?

By Heidi Swan | July 23, 2021

A friend of mine sent me this screenshot. It made me laugh. I never would have imagined I’d be juxtaposed with Senator Schumer–ever. What an honor. That said, the topic is not funny and I demand our lawmakers stop making light of legalization. Whatever position a person has on it, the truth about the effects…

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Science About THC and Opioid Misuse

By Heidi Swan | July 8, 2021

One way to fight our opioid epidemic is to prevent marijuana use, especially in teens. How can this be? What do THC products have to do with opioid abuse? Aren’t they separate drugs? And wasn’t marijuana supposed to help our opioid crisis? The latest science shows how marijuana use actually conributes to our opioid crisis.…

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Teen Discussion About The Effects of THC Normalization

By Heidi Swan | May 12, 2021

In preparation for the 2nd Annual Teaching Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Workshop (co-chaired by Dr. Bonnie Halpern of Stanford), I produced a highlight video of improvisational exercises with teen actors. These were based on themes from A Night In Jail. Following the exercises, we had a discussion. This video is a slightly longer version of the discussion highlights.…

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NAMI-Solano County: My Presentation

By Heidi Swan | January 26, 2021

It has always been a strong desire to share our message with NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). We must do everything in our power to teach our youth how to protect their brains so they have the best chance at a lifetime of mental wellness. Thank you to Hazel Bright, the President of…

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What Teen Athletes Need to Know About Drugs

By Heidi Swan | December 14, 2020

This is an 80-second highlight video of a groundbreaking webinar for teen athletes. In it, see speakers from professional sports discuss the truth about drugs and athletic performance. Keynote Speaker- Darren Prince, a celebrity and sports agent, Dr. Ken Finn and Dr. Stephen Taylor of the NBA. Cosponsored by Behavioral Health Services (a contractor for…

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Honored to Have Dr. Christine L. Miller as Science Advisor

By Heidi Swan | March 31, 2020

Dr. Christine Miller has been our supporter from the very beginning. She has greatly honored us by advising us with our new Toolkit (education materials). Dr. Miller received her B.S. degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Colorado Health…

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A NIGHT IN JAIL A SHORT FILM has been made an Official Selection at the Hollyshorts Film Festival. This festival is held at the famous TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. We are thrilled! Thank you Hollyshorts!