Survey studies local attitudes about teen alcohol and drug use

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Pledge for Life Partnership is collecting data that will reflect local attitudes on underage drinking and drug use through a Community Readiness Survey developed by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health.

The survey was mailed from Minnesota last week to a random sample of 800 residents from Kankakee County and 600 residents from Iroquois County. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete and includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Respondents will remain anonymous.

Survey results will help assess the area’s readiness to address alcohol, tobacco and other drug-use problems and will help determine future prevention programming by the Partnership. The Partnership sponsors the Life Education Center healthy lifestyle programs and administers a federal underage drinking prevention grant for the LEC’s prevention curriculum for junior and senior high school students. It also operates and maintains the KAN-I HELP Information Network that provides access to local human service agencies and updates on the latest research-based prevention strategies.

The survey is being funded through an $11,000 grant from the Central Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. Questions examine perceptions of an ATOD (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) problem within the community; permissiveness of attitudes on ATOD use; support for ATOD policy and prevention; and perceptions on adolescent access to alcohol and tobacco.

“It is very important that people respond to this survey,” said Debra Baron, director of the Partnership. “These issues cannot be successfully addressed by focusing on youth alone. Our efforts need to include parents and other adults and must engage the entire community. We hope to take what we learn from the survey and shape our prevention efforts with greater community involvement.”

Baron requests that respondents return the survey as soon as possible. “ Even if the survey is addressed to someone who is deceased or no longer at that house number, if you are over 18, please fill it out or give it to someone in the household who is.”

For more information about the Community Readiness Survey or any of the Pledge for Life Partnership’s activities, call 936-4606.

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