Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems (HBHS) is excited to launch “The Blunt Truth” campaign, this February. This media campaign focuses on educating adolescents and parents in Delaware County about the harmful effects of marijuana use, including synthetic marijuana, medical marijuana, and new legislation in the United States.
According to the Office of National Drug Control and Policy, confusing messages are presented by popular culture, media, advocacy of “medical” marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use, perpetuating the false notion that marijuana is harmless.
Despite the confusing messages, marijuana is a harmful drug that is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse, and no currently accepted medical use for treatment in the United States.
In Delaware County, youth have misconceptions regarding marijuana use, 59.5% of 12th grade students reported that there is little risk in harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they smoke marijuana once or twice a week (PAYS, 2013).

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Despite increasing efforts to legalize it, marijuana is harmful, and causes many adverse physical and mental health effects on its users. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA),in 2014, there were 42 percent current (past-month) users-about 8.4 percent of people aged 12 or older-up from 7.3 percent in 2012. Marijuana affects learning and memory, causes distorted perceptions, diminishes motor coordination, and increases heart rate. Chronic drug use has been linked to mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and depression, especially in those who are vulnerable or who start at an early age.

More so, now than ever, teenagers and young adults need to be educated on the effects of marijuana on the brain and body. This is why “The Blunt Truth” aims to debunk the misconceptions that these newly enacted laws may portray.

How Can YOU Get Involved?
 You can participate in “The Blunt Truth” campaign by posting a display at your location of work with pamphlets and pledge cards to be signed, and/or inviting a speaker to educate adults and/or youth about the harmful effects and common misconceptions of marijuana.
Additionally, make sure your organization is signed up for our FREE initiative Stall Stories! Stall Stories are:
  • Monthly flyers which will highlight our environmental campaigns (such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Red Ribbon Week, Lock Your Meds, and Blunt Truth).
  • Stall Stories aim to increase awareness and educate the community on important topics to prevent Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) use.
  • We will provide you with all materials FREE of charge, all we ask in return is that you hang them in your bathroom stalls each month.
  • An example of a Stall Story is located above.
 To receive more information, to sign up for stall stories, or schedule a speaking engagement, please contact Matthew Grace by email at matthew.grace@holcombbhs.org or by phone at 484-444-0412.

“The Blunt Truth” Campaign was developed by and is a project of the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition in the state of Vermont. In Delaware County, this project is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems through funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol.