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Peer Jury Program Update

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RE: Peer Jury Program

Effective July 25, 2017, the Peer Jury program administered by the Human Services Department of Downers Grove Township has been suspended.

DG Township Supervisor Mark Thoman released the following update:

We are pleased and encouraged to see residents following up on the consensus reached as a direct result of frank discussions […]

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Drinking alcohol can cause young people to have accidents and get hurt. In 2011 alone, about 188,000 people under age 21 visited an emergency room for injuries related to drinking alcohol. (https://teens.drugabuse.gov) 98% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders say it would be wrong or very wrong for them to have one or […]

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Teen marijuana use spikes during the summer months! More teens tried marijuana for the first time in June and July than any other months of the year. 40% of teens who first tried marijuana did so during May-August.  Each day, in June and July, approximately 5800 teens try marijuana for the first time (https://nsduhweb.rti.org/) […]

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On average, alcohol plays a role in the deaths of 4,358 young people under age 21 every year. (http://nida.org/).

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Summer is vacation for many but also presents challenges for parents and teens.  “Many parents don’t know that teen marijuana use spikes during the summer months.  Marijuana use is riskier than most parents think- in fact, more teens are in treatment for marijuana than all other illicit drugs combined.” (http://nida.org/).

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Marijuana use lessens athletic performance by affecting the part of the brain that controls, timing, coordination and movement. (http://headsup.scholastic.com/students/marijuana-facts) 59% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders think they are at moderate to great risk of harming themselves if they smoke marijuana once or twice a week. (Illinois Youth Survey 2016)

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Teens have more unsupervised time in the summer they are more likely to engage in new drug use and other risky behaviors? There is a spike in marijuana use as well as cigarettes and alcohol use. Teens who are unsupervised are three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs than those who are […]

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“Let’s Talk Teens” What You don’t know CAN hurt you! It is not safe to drive after smoking marijuana or ride with someone who has been smoking marijuana! (http://headsup.scholastic.com/students/marijuana-facts) 59% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders think they would be at moderate to great risk of harming themselves (physically or in other ways) […]

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Research shows that marijuana can be addictive, contribute to drunk driving and other dangerous physical activities, and lead to a host of health, social, learning and behavioral problems at a crucial time in young lives. Plan positive, plentiful activities for your child in the summer! (https://www.samhsa.gov/) 58% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders […]

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Marijuana, sometimes laced with other drugs, is the most common illegal drug found in the system of drivers who die in car accidents! (http://headsup.scholastic.com/students/marijuana-facts) 52% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders say their parents talk to them about marijuana, (Illinois Youth Survey 2016)

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#TalkEarly was created with a simple goal in mind: Empower parents to be confident about their own decisions regarding alcohol, model healthy, balanced behaviors, and create a foundation for starting conversations with their kids from an early age. The Prevention Leadership Team (PLT) is a Dupage County Coalition that is working to reduce youth substance […]

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It is never too early to start talking about underage drinking, especially during … #AlcoholAwarenessMonth #TalkTheyHearYou #LeaveYourMarkPLT  The Prevention Leadership Team (PLT) is a Dupage County Coalition that is working to reduce youth substance use and increase mental wellness among Dupage County youth who are 18 and under.   

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One half million youth aged 12-14 (4.4% of all youth in that age group) used marijuana in the past year. 70.1% of these young people got it for free and 55.6% got it free from a friend! (https://nsduhwebesn.rti.org/respweb/homepage.cfm)  89% of Burr Ridge Middle School 8th graders have NOT used marijuana in the past year […]

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90% of Americans who are addicted to tobacco, alcohol or other substances started smoking, drinking or using drugs before they were 18 years old. #AlcoholAwarenessMonth #LeaveYourMarkPLT

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Alcohol use in teens greatly impacts teens mental health. #AlcoholAwarenessMonth #LeaveYourMarkPLT

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