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Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

―  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in Illinois, building relationships among stakeholders is paramount to creating a shared understanding from multiple perspectives of the issues associated with legalization. We hope you'll join us for a day to identify responsible, measured approaches that balance the economic, social, and public health interests and support mutually beneficial policies, programs, and practices.
As of January 1, 2020, non-medical cannabis became legal to possess and use for residents of Illinois who are 21 years and older. Illinois, the first state to pass legislation around non-medical use of cannabis, has joined 10 other states in legalizing it. This new law outlines specific guidelines regarding the possession and consumption of non-medical cannabis use, and how using this substance can affect adults, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and teenagers. To address the law, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has launched a communications campaign, “ Let’s Talk Cannabis Illinois,” to provide a clear and objective source of information about legal cannabis use, and the safety and health implications of use.

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Regulating alcohol outlet density is an effective strategy to reduce underage drinking as well as excessive alcohol consumption for those of legal age. Reducing outlet density is limiting the number of outlets that sell/serve alcohol in a geographic area. Capturing the data is an important step for regulating the number and location of outlets. Data can be collected by doing an environmental scan as well as analyzing your Illinois Youth Survey data on Retail Access. Several communities in Illinois have successfully put ordinances into place to regulate alcohol outlet density. The Alcohol Policy Resource Center at Prevention First is here to assist you, your coalition, and your community identify the issues as well as how to pass a successful ordinance.  If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Henrichs or Jody Heavilin.

For more information on Alcohol Outlet Density check out our Fact Sheet.  

Monday, March 30 - Sunday, April 5, 2020.

National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 .

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week, connects teens with experts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol, with more than 2000 local events every year. Registration opens in February

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine. The ...

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Most youths surviving overdose not getting timely treatment

A study of more than 4 million Medicaid claims records during a recent seven-year period concludes that less than a third of the nearly 3,800 U.S. adolescents and young adults who experienced a nonfatal opioid overdose got timely (within 30 days) ...

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Benzos might be a 'hidden element' of the US' overdose...

Doctors have been increasingly prescibing benzodiazepines, also known as "benzos," a new study finds.

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How to Talk with Your Son or Daughter About Vaping

It's been around for over a decade, but vaping's popularity exploded in 2017, taking many families, schools and healthcare providers by surprise. Vaping, or Juuling (named after a popular vape device called JUUL), is the inhalaing and exhaling of ...

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Minor in Possession
Laws and Ordinances

Communities with local ordinances that address underage alcohol purchase, possession, and consumption provide law enforcement with an easier and more effective method of enforcement than relying solely on the State Statute. Additionally, the adoption of a local Minor is Possession ordinance sends a message to the community, and to youth, that youth alcohol use is unacceptable and can serve to change community norms regarding underage drinking. During this webinar participants will review the purpose of Minor in Possession laws and ordinances, review Statewide Illinois Youth Survey results, identify the various types of Minor in Possession Statutes, and learn how to engage appropriate partners in the process.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Webinars at
Prevention First

Perhaps you were busy during the live webinar...or didn't know when it was scheduled. We've got ya covered!

Check out the Recorded Webinar tab in the SUPP Training Events. In each description is a link to the recording. Simply complete the registration and submit. The recording will begin and you are ready to go! NOTE: No CEUs are offered for recorded webinars.
Mental Health & Substance
Abuse Management Summit

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2020 NIDA International Forum
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Virtual Clearinghouse
There are loads of great resources in the Virtual Clearinghouse on the Prevention First website.

Resources include printed materials, digital materials, presentations, and helpful links. New materials are added periodically so be sure to visit often.