Underage Substance Abuse

Adolescent Drug Use and The Pandemic: What We Need to Know as Educators

March 7, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Speaker: Jason Roderick, LICSW

Webinar Description
Virtual learning, the cancellation of extra-curricular and after-school activities, and general social isolation were all risk factors for increased adolescent drug use during the pandemic. We will look at adolescent drug use behaviors, specifically regarding marijuana use, and what the effects of pandemic-related isolation could be as students return to school. What should we know and look for as educators to support students returning to the classroom? 

About the Speaker
Jason Roderick, LICSW, practices in Providence Rhode Island and has been involved in education for over 30 years. He is currently the Wellness Coordinator at the Providence Country Day School in East Providence, RI. In addition, Mr. Roderick facilitates the Early Recovery at Brown program at Brown University and sits on the Donovan Board at Brown University, overseeing drug and alcohol education programming. He has run experiential adolescent mindfulness and wellness programs in Ecuador and Costa Rica for the past 19 years. He also has a private practice in Providence, Rhode Island.

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