In honor of Red Ribbon Week, the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) and the McKinley Park Underage Drinking and Other Substances Abuse Prevention (McK-UDOS) Coalition invite all community members to an Underage Drinking Communities Talk event.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing our community, and encourages parents, educators, business owners, and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles.
According to survey findings from the 2020 Healthy Chicago Survey, Jr., administered by the ChicagoDepartment of Public Health in collaboration with Lurie Children’s Hospital, 65% of adults from all 77 community areas in Chicago indicated that drug use, tobacco, and e-cigarettes, and stress were top health problems facing Chicago youth. Alcohol use was of particular concern amongst 46% of adults, as binge drinking among youth during the COVID-19 pandemic remained at levels comparable to previous years when social distancing and lockdown measures were not in place.
The town hall will highlight various impacts of underage drinking to help community members better understand the issue. Panelists will discuss neurological effects of substance use on youth brain development, review public safety concerns and legal consequences of youth substance use, and present available resources and strategies that parents can use to communicate openly with their children about substance use.
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