Cannabis and Vape Risk Reduction

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Safe Storage 

Safe storage of cannabis and vape products can help lower the risk of accidental ingestion and teen access.

To make a storage plan: Graphic of a small safe with a combination lock

  1. Make a list of cannabis products in your home. This will help with medical treatment in case of accidental ingestion.
  2. Store products in their original container.
  3. Keep cannabis and vape products in a secure locked place. This will keep your products out of sight and reach of teens. Consider using a safe or lock bag with a combination lock or keypad.

Safe Disposal 

Knowing how to safely dispose of cannabis and vape products will help reduce the risk of teen access and accidental ingestion of both children and pets.

Graphic of a grey and orange garbage can with a lidTo safely dispose of cannabis waste, mix cannabis waste with other waste materials, like coffee grounds or cat litter, so it cannot be used. Place the mixture in a container, like an empty can or yogurt container, and throw it into the trash.

If you have unwanted or expired medicinal cannabis or any other prescription. Please visit Med Take Back Washington to find a location to drop off your medication or to order mail back supplies through MED-Project

Talking to Youth

Talk with your teen. Have short conversations often about cannabis, vaping, and other drugs. This provides timGraphic with a family sitting down having dinnere to share and learn.

Listen to your teen. The more you listen the better you will understand who your teen is and what is important to them.

Spend time with your teen. Watch a movie or play a game. When parents are involved, teens are less likely to use cannabis and other drugs.


Accidental ingestion

Cannabis can be dangerous if accidentally ingested by children and pets. It’s important to know the signs to get the necessary treatment if needed.

Signs of cannabis ingestion include:

  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with coordination
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • High heart rate
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea and vomiting

If you think an accidental ingestion has occurred call the Washington Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222


Washington State Quitline

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Since 2000, the Washington State Quitline has helped tens of thousands of Washingtonians quit smoking. You can get free, confidential, one-on-one counseling from a Quit Coach, and may be eligible for free medication to help you quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco.

If you are looking to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or text READT to 200-400. 

Not ready just yet? Click here to learn more about the Quitline and other counseling options.

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