Information used for this
media campaign by Chestnut Health Systems is from the Illinois Youth
Survey, a statewide survey that is offered for free to sixth-,
eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders every two years. In the spring of
2010, 10 schools in Logan County participated in the Illinois Youth
Survey. That is an increase from the five Logan County schools that
participated in 2008.
The majority of the questions in this
anonymous survey ask students about their thoughts and behaviors
related to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Other
questions ask about topics such as violence, abuse, bullying,
gambling, nutritional habits, physical activity, grades, absenteeism
and family relationships.
Results from Logan County on the 2010 Illinois Youth Survey show
that positive changes have been made. In 2008, 4 out of 10 Logan
County 10th-graders reported that if they drank, they would "never"
be caught by their parents. Two years later, in 2010, only 3 out of
10 10th-graders said that they'd never be caught drinking. If that
improvement continues to occur every two years, then by 2016 there
will be very few underage youth who are sure they won't get caught
And what is the effect of this? Consider that in the same two
years of the improvement in parents stopping kids from drinking
(between 2008 and 2010), the actual percent of Logan County
10th-grade students who used alcohol in the past 30 days went from
43 percent in 2008 to 27 percent in 2010. There is a good likelihood
that at least part of that drop is directly related to the increased
parent effort to keep their youth away from opportunities to drink.
This type of specific information will help Chestnut Health
Systems, in conjunction with local task forces, to develop effective
tools and solutions for the prevention of youth substance abuse and
related problems in Logan County.
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Those who administer the Illinois Youth Survey are very careful
to maintain the confidentiality of both the students and the schools
that take the survey. To prevent results from a single school being
publicized, results are made public at the county level only if more
than one school took the survey. Statewide survey results as far
back as 1998 are available at
For more information or if you would like to learn more about
becoming involved in a Logan County coalition against alcohol,
tobacco and other drug use, contact Camille Springer, Logan County
Community prevention coordinator, at Chestnut Health Systems,
309-451-7843 or 1-800-883-2418, ext. 7787.
[Text from file received from
Chestnut Health Systems]