National Stats and Facts on the Prevalence of Underage Drinking

February 27, 2013 0

Every day in the United States, more than 4,750 kids under age 16 have their first full drink of alcohol.1 More youth in the United States drink alcohol than smoke tobacco or marijuana, making it the drug most used by American young people.2 The average age at which young people ages 12 to 17 begin to drink is 13 years old.3 The average age that underage drinkers ages 12 to 20 begin to drink is […]

Drug overdose deaths up for 11th consecutive year

February 25, 2013 0

Underscoring the urgency and importance of the Task Force’s programs is this article from the Lake County News Sun. This is a troubling development for the state and the region. CHICAGO— Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines. For the rest of the article go here

Report on Lake County Winter Break Compliance Checks

February 20, 2013 0

Winter break from high school and college brings time for young people to get together at a variety of events and parties. Unfortunately, with these events also come concerns about underage drinking. Throughout this season, businesses throughout Lake County saw teens entering their stores attempting to purchase alcohol. This was part of a county-wide effort to continue promoting positive practices by stores and restaurants that sell alcohol. Law enforcement agencies worked with local groups and […]

Lunchtime Tweet of the Day

February 18, 2013 0

Every day at lunch time we publish our tweet of the day, which has sourced facts from the world of prevention that may shock and amaze you, but certainly amaze you as well! So give us a follow @lakecountydfc Here are some examples! Medical marijuana states are clustered at the top of the list in terms of drug addiction and abuse among 12 –17 year olds.— Lake County DFC (@LakeCountyDFC) February 11, 2013 US had […]

Brains B4 Break

February 14, 2013 0

On Wednesday, March 20th at 7pm Dr. Aaron White – Program Director of Underage and College Drinking Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is presenting the latest research on the relationship between alcohol and the developing brain. The program is most appropriate for 8th -12th grade students and any community member, parent, youth worker, elected official, etc. Please join us in the Auditorium at Barrington High School to arm yourself […]

Task Force to address Heroin in Illinois

February 12, 2013 0

Good article from the Daily Herald about a task force proposed by State Representative Sam Yingling (Grayslake) to address the Heroin issue here in Illinois and in Lake County. To read the complete article go here

The Nitty Gritty of the New State Law on Social Hosting

February 8, 2013 0

If you permit, allow or host a party at your residence and there are people there who are under 21, and they possess or consume alcoholic beverages, and you know or should have known that they possess or consume alcoholic beverages, you are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. If someone at that gathering injures or kills someone else, you are guilty of a Class 4 felony. This law does not apply if the underage […]

Forward thinking in Libertyville

February 6, 2013 0

Sex and drugs made their way onto the agenda of a recent Libertyville village board agenda. During that meeting, trustees voted unanimously to approve an ordinance targeted at adult-oriented businesses and a resolution aimed at the possible legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries.Although neither type of business currently exists in Libertyville — with the exception of a lingerie store on Milwaukee Avenue — local leaders said the steps taken Tuesday prepare the village for if and […]

It Takes A Village to Curb Teenage Alcohol Use

February 4, 2013 0

Living in a caring community may help curb teenage alcohol use, according to new research. For the study, researchers at Penn State evaluated how seven categories of risk and protective factors can predict teen alcohol use. Risk factors included antisocial attitudes, antisocial behaviors, association with antisocial peers, and family risk. Protective factors were positive community experiences, positive school experiences and family strengths. A team led by Damon Jones, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Prevention […]