Advocacy and Policy Change
Every year the Northland Coalition adopts legislative priorities. Please contact Vicky Ward for additional talking points or information concerning the Northland Coalition’s position on the following priorities. email@example.com or 816-877-0411
Our 2016 State Legislative Priorities
Top Two Priorities:
Block attempts to legalize non-FDA approved medical or recreational marijuana
Marijuana research has identified over 400 “unstable” chemicals and four times more carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) than in tobacco smoke. Marijuana is a significant causal factor in highway crashes, injuries and deaths. In a national roadside survey of weekend nighttime drivers, 8.6% tested positive for marijuana or its metabolites, nearly four times the percentage of drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above.
No “legitimate” medical associations endorses marijuana for medicinal purposes because:
Medications are tested and regulated through FDA, not voted on by the public;
Marijuana is a harmful, addictive drug, and crude marijuana is not medicine; and
Marijuana can attack the immune system and make sick people even more sick.
Establish a Narcotics Control Monitoring System Between Pharmacies
Missouri is the only state that does not have a monitoring system to collect data from pharmacies to prevent prescription drug abuse and overdoses. This system would identify emerging prescription diversion and abuse trends, and identify areas where prevention and intervention are needed. Misuse of prescription drugs, by MO 6-12th graders, has almost tripled in the past 2 years (3.7% in 2014 to 10.1% in 2016—Missouri Student Survey).
Also on our radar:
Legislation or policies that would require appropriate youth suicide prevention in schools
Teen suicide has continued to increase in our state with 13.9% of MO 6-12th graders reporting that they have “seriously considered suicide” (2016 Missouri Student Survey).
Local and state efforts to support Clean Indoor Air
Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mixture of more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds, of which hundreds are toxic and at least 70 cause cancer. There is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke and tobacco
use is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease for both men and women
(US Dept. of Health and Human Service, Report of the Surgeon General 2011).
Local and state efforts to increase the age of tobacco sales to minors from 18 to 21
23.1% of MO high school students are current tobacco users, compared to a national average of 22.4%.
Tobacco 21 would reduce smoking among 15-17 year olds by 25% and among 18-20 year olds by 15%
(2015 Institute of Medicine).
Legislation to ban powdered alcohol
Powdered alcohol will be much easier to over consume, conceal, and acquire by minors.