Parents and Community to be Applauded for Efforts to Reduce Underage Drinking and Other Drug Use

BN Parents is moving into their fifth year of partnership with the schools and community to get support messaging to parents. The data suggests parents are not only responding, they are making a difference preventing youth substance use. Youth access to alcohol, marijuana, and some other substances have decreased along with the percent of students […]

What Do Guide Rails and Parenting Teens Have in Common?

When it comes to parenting teens, our role as parents can be challenging and a bit blurry. We move away from the safety zone of knowing our child is being supervised to respecting they are developing as independent individuals away from our watchful eyes. You may have heard it said, parents provide the “guide/guard rails” […]

STEPS – A Program to Benefit Alcohol Establishments and the Community

Owners, managers and servers at area businesses that sell alcoholic beverages can learn how to detect a fake ID, determine when to refuse service to an intoxicated patron, and avoid serious lawsuits by attending a safety training program at Heartland Community College (HCC). The Safety Training to Encourage Profitable Services (STEPS) program will provide information […]

More Parents Talking to Teens About Alcohol

Data collected from the 2008 Illinois Youth Survey indicated 53% of local high school seniors reported drinking alcohol in the last month, while 34% reported consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in one sitting within the last two weeks. Due to the fact alcohol consumption during development has proven to have significant short and long-term […]