Surgeon General’s Warning Reinforces Drug Dangers to Families

LAKEWOOD, CO—Today’s declaration by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams that “no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe” should spur Colorado and our nation’s leaders to protect families from harmful drug use.

CNN is reporting that there has been an increase in the percentage of women in the United States who are using marijuana during pregnancy. That percentage rose overall from 3.4% of pregnant women in 2002 to 7% in 2017, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June.

“Colorado leaders must do a better job of educating expectant mothers on the problems associated with marijuana use during pregnancy. Our state must fully implement the warnings from the U.S. Surgeon General and protect the health of Colorado children,” said Jeff Hunt, Director of the Centennial Institute

“A recent study found that 70% of marijuana dispensaries in Colorado are recommending marijuana to pregnant moms. This is a clear indication that we have a serious problem in the state,” said Peter Droege, Addiction Policy Fellow at the Centennial Institute.

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University works to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family and freedom. As part of this endeavor, the Institute focuses its efforts on conducting research, analyzing public policy options and sponsoring seminars, conferences, and other activities that involve students, faculty, staff and outside experts. For more information: www.ccu.edu/centennial.

To schedule an interview with Jeff Hunt, please contact Kevin McVicker with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.

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