Keeping Teens Drug & Alcohol Free in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood & Riverwoods
November 2019
In this issue: Parent to Parent | CDC Vaping Update | 11/12 DPN Marijuana & Vaping Program | Retail Marijuana in Our Towns | PSA Video | Lung Health Conversation Starter 
Parents on the Same Page
Sound Advice from One of our Own

My husband and I successfully guided our oldest son through college graduation this year! We are in the process of mentoring our middle son through his college journey. Our daughter is a senior in high school, and this year is unlike any other year we've experienced as parents. Vaping, Juuls, and the legalization of retail marijuana in Illinois (on 1/1/20) makes my heart beat a little faster and my “mom radar” go into overdrive.

I feel comfortable knowing what to look for and addressing the dangers of underage drinking. Being on CTAD 's parent committee, I’ve been lucky to learn about the dangers of vaping and underage marijuana use. I’d like to think I’m prepared and better able to educate my children. However, the recent news of vaping illnesses and deaths comes as a surprise. I learned that if you feel you're alone as a parent, odds are there are others thinking and worrying about the exact same issues. Connecting with other parents brings comfort in knowing they experience similar challenges and they may even offer some great advice!

I discuss often what I learn with my daughter (and my 20- and 23-year-old sons) as reminders of how important it is to do the right thing, obey the law, and preserve their health. I will continue to ask questions and pay attention to what they’re doing and learn as much as I can from other parents and resources such as CTAD – to help them navigate a healthy, safe way into adulthood.

Debbie Krug
Highland Park Parent & CTAD Parent Committee Chair
Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI)
Latest from the CDC

The multistate outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses now has a name: EVALI (E-cigarette & Vaping Associated Lung Injury). As of October 24, there are more than 1,600 cases and 34 deaths, including two deaths in Illinois. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) highlights the latest cases by county. Patients range in age between 13 and 75. The youngest person who died was 17 years old.

According to the CDC, the recent national and state findings suggest products containing THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) are linked to most cases and play a major role in the outbreak. That said, 10% of patients report using nicotine-only vapes. The CDC advises everyone to stay away from all vaping and advises young people not to vape.

Data shows that students in our schools who vape are significantly more likely to use marijuana. Having a caring, candid talk with your child will help determine their risk. Click HERE for local data on student vaping and what parents can do.

Follow CTAD on  Facebook  and  Twitter for the latest updates on vaping-related illnesses.
Marijuana Legalization & Vaping
The Impact on our Teens
Presented by Dr. Aaron Weiner

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Deerfield High School Library
Presented by Deerfield Parent Network

Back by popular demand, Dr. Weiner will address the state's changing landscape, the legalization of retail marijuana for people over 21, and how it will impact our youth, specifically as it relates to the vaping epidemic. See the flyer for more details. Dr. Weiner is a licensed clinical psychologist and director of addiction services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Naperville.
Retail Marijuana Update
News from Our Local Communities

In a continuing effort to safeguard its youth, the Bannockburn board of trustees voted unanimously to opt out of allowing retail marijuana dispensaries in the Village of Bannockburn. "We didn’t want to send a message to our children that cannabis should be used as a recreational drug," said Bud Rothing, Bannockburn Village President.

At its October 21 meeting, Deerfield's board of trustees had the first reading of an ordinance that would allow one retail marijuana store. The second reading and final vote is currently scheduled for the Village Board meeting Monday, November 4. The Village of Deerfield's information page includes newly developed FAQs on its consideration of retail cannabis zoning and outlines the proposed ordinance.
 
The Village of Riverwoods Plan Commission will hold a public hearing regarding retail marijuana stores Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Susan Sirota, a physician with Pediatric Partners in Highland Park and a Riverwoods resident, has been invited to present.

Ways you can voice your opinion:
  • Watch your village/city website for meeting updates/agenda action items
  • Contact your elected officials or the planning & zoning commission in your town
What is in Vape "Juice"?
Teens Staying Drug-Free

Most teens are concerned about their health and what they put into their bodies. As we see in this public service announcement (PSA), "vape juices" contain harmful and hidden chemicals/carcinogens and when inhaled can cause short and long-term effects, including serious lung illnesses.

CTAD teamed up with neighboring drug prevention coalitions to create the PSA series  You Determine Your Future  shown on monitors throughout DHS and HPHS.
Exercise Those Lungs... Together!

In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, you can enjoy time with your child while exercising your lungs -- leading to stronger lung health, a healthier heart, a better mood, and an effective way to relieve stress.

Breath can be a useful tool in releasing negative energy during times of stress. Decrease stress by using your breath offers additional tips on the types and benefits of conscious breathing.

Here are ways to work out your lungs together:

  • Counting breaths is a great way to expand lung capacity. Start by counting how long a natural breath takes. If it takes to the count of five to inhale, it should take to the count of five to exhale. Challenge each other to increase the count, but make sure the breaths in and out are of equal length.
  • Laughing often is a wonderful way to work the abdominal muscles and increase lung capacity by forcing stale air out and fresh air in. Go for that belly laugh!
  • Choosing an activity that aims for at least 20 minutes of consistent, moderately intense movement, like a brisk walk or other aerobic activity.

Talk to your child about the importance of lung health throughout life. Just as the lungs need exercise, they also need protection from chemicals and toxins found in traditional cigarette and vaping products. Here are more tips on healthy living to share with your child.

It's not one 60-minute conversation. 
It's 60 one-minute conversations.   
Come Join Us!
 
CTAD's goal is to build and sustain a drug-free community in which youth feel protected, confident and empowered to make healthy choices. We strive to transform the environment around our youth to help make the drug-free choice the easy choice.

If you find our resources helpful, please consider making a donation or contributing your time and talent to our efforts.  Join the Movement to Keep Teens Drug & Alcohol Free  and learn more about CTAD and the many ways to make a difference. Contact us at 224-765-CTAD (847-765-2823) or info@communitytheantidrug.org. 
Community - The Anti-Drug is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that consists of community members working together to build a safe, healthy & drug-free environment for our youth. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. EIN number: 451631475. 

Text-a-Tip: 24/7 anonymous support for students who need help for themselves or a friend. To connect with a trained counselor, download the app "Lake County Help" in the  Apple Store  or  Google Play . You can also text the code "224HELP" or "224AYUDAME" to 844-823-LEAD (5323).
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Community -- The Anti-Drug (CTAD) strives to build and sustain a safe and drug-free community in which youth feel protected, confident and empowered to make healthy choices. The coalition is comprised of parents, youth, schools, local government, law enforcement, clergy, and healthcare providers who work together to reduce alcohol, marijuana and other drug use among youth in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood and Riverwoods, Illinois. 

Grants have been generously provided by the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park, YEA! Highland Park, Highland Park Community Foundation, and the Highland Park Human Relations Commission. This newsletter was developed in part under grant number SP021482 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of ONDCP, SAMSHA or HHS and should not be construed as such.