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Substance and Alcohol Abuse Workgroup

According to the I Sing the Body Electric 2014 Vermilion County Survey Report, 4 out of 10 youth (40.3%) had their first drink of alcohol before they were 15.  A little over 1 out of 10 of our teens (13.5%) drank and drove over the past 12 months.  In the past 12 months, nearly one-fourth of Vermilion County youth (24.2%) were offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property.  According to the County Health Rankings, 19% of adults in Vermilion county report excessive drinking.  Excessive Drinking is the percentage of adults that report either binge drinking, defined as consuming more than 4 (women) or 5 (men) alcoholic beverages on a single occasion in the past 30 days, or heavy drinking, defined as drinking more than one (women) or 2 (men) drinks per day on average.

In 2015, Presence Hospital, Carle Hospital, United Way, and the Vermilion County Health Department came together and supported a Regional Community Plan Coordinator to develop a Substance and Alcohol Abuse Workgroup.

If you would like to be a part of this workgroup, please email Julia Willis at jwillis@vchd.org.