By Christine Vestal
DENVER — At Bruce Randolph School, a majority Hispanic high school in a gang-plagued neighborhood in north Denver, there’s always a waiting list to see Amanda Ingram and her therapy dog, Pauletta.
Students sign up to visit Ingram during breaks in classes to talk about family and social troubles while they play with the big black Labrador retriever lolling at her feet. “With Pauletta here, they don’t have to look at me,” Ingram said. “It makes it easier for them to talk about uncomfortable issues.”
But one issue they rarely talk directly about is their marijuana use, although Ingram is a drug and alcohol counselor. “They’re teenagers,” she said. “If I told them they needed to cut back or quit using pot, they’d never do it. And they probably wouldn’t come back.”
As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, physicians and public health officials are sounding alarms about its potentially harmful effects on young people. And counselors like Ingram are trying different approaches to address and treat use and addiction among adolescents. [Read more…] about As legal marijuana spreads, worries about teen addiction grow