Underage Drinking Town Hall

From Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm
At Online
Posted by McK-UDOS

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 present an Underage Drinking Town Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, conducted online.

Panelists will highlight various consequences and impacts of underage drinking to help community members better understand the issue. The event is free and open to all to attend.

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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 Chicago Department of Public Health in collaboration with Lurie Children’sHospital, 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 distancingand lockdown measures were not in place.

The town hall will highlight various impacts of underage drinkingto help community members better understand the issue.Panelists will discussneurological effects of substance useon youth brain development,review public safety concerns and legal consequences of youth substance use,and present available resources and strategies thatparents can use to communicate openly with their childrenaboutsubstance use.

Panelists include:

Edward Boone - Community Outreach Coordinator for the Statewide Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) and the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IDVRS), both at Northwestern Medicine.

Carlos Rodriguez - Program Director at WestCare, Illinois. He is a trainer on the topics of experiential therapy, substance-abuse counseling, cultural competency, neuroscience of addiction, gang prevention/intervention, adolescent development, trauma and Balanced and Restorative Justice.

Michelle Flagg - manages the Industry Education Division at the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, where she is responsible for educating the liquor industry and public regarding the laws that govern liquor sales and consumption throughout the state.

Adam Davies - Health Educator for both the Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and the Sex Development Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

 MAHA McKUDOS Underage Drinking Town Hall poster 20211026

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