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Coalition formed to fight youth substance abuse in Boone County

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Boone County leaders have partnered up to fight drinking and substance abuse in kids and teens with the Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition.

The Illinois Youth Survey, which is conducted every two years with grades six, eight, ten, and twelve, showed 64.8 percent of 12th graders in 2012 reported drinking alcohol in the past year and 38.5 percent reported using marijuana during that time. The survey, which is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services, showed that when included the use of at least one gateway drug (like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants), the number goes up to 72.3 percent for 12th graders, 60 percent for 10th graders, 44.6 percent for 8th graders, and 18.2 percent for 6th graders.

The coalition is currently working on assessing the needs of Boone County, a key piece of that assessment being the Illinois Youth Survey. The group is encouraging all schools within the county to participate in the survey this spring to help implement the proper programs to fight substance abuse in the community.

The coalition is comprised of members from Rosecrance, the Boone County Health Department, parents, the Belvidere Police Department, North Boone School District, and other local organizations. It is funded in part or in whole by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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