Discussing Drug and Alcohol Use with Your Kids

Starting the Conversion… view talking points to help you start the conversation with your child.

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Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

Focusing on coordination and collaboration, connecting multiple sectors of the community as a comprehensive approach to reducing substance abuse among our youth in Will County, Illinois.

Reducing Youth Substance Abuse in Will County

Community

Our Coalition focuses on coordination and collaboration, connecting multiple sectors of the community as a comprehensive approach to reducing substance abuse among our youth. Join us in community events and monthly coalition meetings.

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For Parents

Figuring out if your child is using drugs or alcohol may pose a challenge. Many of the very early signs and symptoms could just be typical teen or young adult behavior. Our resources aim to help you navigate this challenging time.

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Substances

View information on the commonly used substances by teens: Alcohol, Marijuana, Nicotine, and Opioids. We provide information on the effects of substance use as well as signs and symptoms.

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Find Help

Looking for help but unsure where to start? We have listed contact information for organizations providing help for substance abuse in our community, including: hotlines, substance abuse treatment centers, support groups, and more.

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Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

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Our Coalition focuses on coordination and collaboration, connecting multiple sectors of the community as a comprehensive approach to reducing substance abuse among our youth.

Hidden in Plain Sight Trailer

This hands-on learning opportunity focuses on alcohol and tobacco use to current trends in the abuse of other drugs such as cannabis synthetic and “designer” drugs, opiates, cocaine, amphetamine-type stimulants, hallucinogens, and prescription drugs.

RESERVE THE HIPS TRAILER FOR YOUR EVENT

We are now starting to reserve our HIPS trailer for 2024 events. Remember this is a FREE SERVICE to anyone in Will County.

If you are wanting to book our trailer please submit a request form below.

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Do you know of a business that is selling alcohol and/or tobacco to minors?

Please submit an anonymous TIP.

News

Brain: Development Happens.

Brain: Development Happens.

When your child is small, it’s easy to be acutely aware of their growth patterns and how fast they’re growing. As they age, it’s easy to lose that awareness as they grow in other ways.

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MOMENTS to Protect Your Mental Health

MOMENTS to Protect Your Mental Health

Illinois teens recognize that alcohol impacts mental health. But do you know how it affects your well-being? Alcohol is a depressant that affects your brain’s natural level of happiness chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Also, underage drinking can lead to stressful situations, like problems with parents, performance, school, and the law. These problems can leave you feeling anxious or depressed.

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Meetings & Minutes

Our coalition is a collaborative group of substance use professionals, law enforcement, educators, parents, local business owners, healthcare professionals, youth, and any other individuals who are wanting to make a difference in our community and the lives of youth. We discuss ways to help educate and spread the word about the harmful effects of drugs and ways we can reduce the amount of drugs in the hands of teenagers.

The Coalition Meets Every Month on the Fourth Tuesday at 9:30AM both in person at the Will County Sheriff Office (16911 W Laraway Road, Joliet IL 60433) and via Zoom. Learn More.

2024

January 23, 2024 Meeting Minutes
February 27, 2024 Meeting Minutes
March 26, 2024 Meeting Minutes

2023

January 24, 2023 Meeting Minutes
February 28, 2023 Meeting Minutes
March 28, 2023 Meeting Minutes
April 28, 2023 Meeting Minutes
May 23, 2023 Meeting Minutes
June 26, 2023 Meeting Minutes
July 25, 2023 Meeting Minutes
August 22, 2023 Meeting Minutes
September 26, 2023 Meeting Minutes

2022
January 25, 2022 Meeting Minutes
February 22, 2022 Meeting Minutes
March 22, 2022 Meeting Minutes
April 26, 2022 Meeting Minutes 
May 24, 2022 Meeting Minutes
June 28, 2022 Meeting Minutes
July 26, 2022 Meeting Minutes
August 23, 2022 Meeting Minutes
September 27, 2022 Meeting Minutes
October 25, 2022 Meeting Minutes
November 22, 2022 Meeting Minutes
December 22, 2022 Meeting Minutes