Marijuana & Vaping: Emerging Drug Trends in Today’s Youth, and What Caregivers Can Do About It



Marijuana and Vaping are both growing in popularity and use among teens in the United States, showing no signs of slowing down with large industries supporting them.  Both neurologically and socially, young people are at greater risk for addiction than adults. Even so, there are many ways that adults can help to lower the risk of addiction, within a family or an entire community. Attendees will learn about current youth drug trends (with an emphasis on marijuana and vaping), what to watch for to identify whether a young person is using, and best practices for reducing the risk of addiction.


  • Discuss the mechanics of vaping, and why they have become popular among youth.
  • Explain the risks of vaping, and how toxins are present that are not listed on ingredient lists.
  • Identify the health risks of marijuana and the impact of industry-driven narratives on public perception.
  • Discuss how caregivers can help prevent drug use and addiction.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP BOARD # 20 – 783302 (C1)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced
  • Language English
  • Students 442
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
Dr. Aaron Weiner
Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified Psychologist and addiction specialist, and speaks nationally on the topics of addiction, behavioral health, and the impact of drug policy on public health. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. His perspective is informed by his years of experience growing and directing addiction service lines for healthcare systems, the current state of medical and psychological research, and his own observations in private practice. He is a strong advocate for evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions, as well as a proponent of integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. Dr. Weiner is a member of the Physician Speakers Bureau for the National Safety Council, the Science Advisory Board for Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and a former Board Member for the Society of Addiction Psychology.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 4-6 PM EST.