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Healthy Androscoggin, LAPHC present “Marijuana & Youth” forum

The Lewiston-Auburn Public Health Committee (LAPHC) and Healthy Androscoggin will host a forum on “Marijuana & Youth” on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lewiston Middle School. Free and open to the public, the forum will focus on the health and developmental impacts of youth marijuana use, along with the power of prevention.

“The L-A Public Health Committee’s primary function is to connect our residents with the best and most reliable information regarding a number of local health issues,” said Lewiston Deputy City Administrator and LAPHC Co-Chair Phil Nadeau. “Over the past four years, we have worked with Healthy Androscoggin to sponsor public forums on bed bugs and bath salts, and we believe the November 4 marijuana legalization referendum question in Lewiston requires that the community be given the same kind of forum opportunity to access the best available health care information on the subject.”

The forum will feature a panel of experts who will discuss the latest science and data, as well as an opportunity for attendees to have their questions answered. Lewiston Middle School is located at 75 Central Avenue. For more information, contact Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990 or see www.healthyandroscoggin.org.

The Lewiston-Auburn Public Health Committee was formed in 2008 to address the need for a well-coordinated system of public health in the L-A area. Its mission is to create public health partnerships that promote physical and mental health and prevent disease, injury and disability.

Healthy Androscoggin was created in 1995 as Tobacco Free L-A, a grassroots group of community members and organizations working to reduce tobacco use in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area. Since then, it has broadened its focus to include exercise, nutrition and the prevention of tobacco use, childhood lead poisoning and youth substance use.

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