Underage Drinking is a real concern for youth in Lyme/Old Lyme. Our youth report alcohol use with numbers rising from 9th grade and continuing to rise through 12th grade. Perception of harm and access to alcohol continue to be identified risk factors. Many parents don’t supply alcohol to teenagers, but some continue to allow parties and supply alcohol. Binge drinking, social host law, and role modeling are concerns for our community.
Awareness around underage drinking is critical.
We are very concerned about marijuana use among students in our community. Youth report a fairly high acceptance of youth marijuana use, as well as a low perception of harm with a good number of surveyed youth indicating that it isn’t all that harmful to themselves or their peers.
Please take the time to educate yourself about today’s marijuana- the THC amounts are incredibly high and the science behind the dangers to the developing brain is clear and precise.
Vaping and E-cigarette use has been on the rise in the United States and L/OL is no different. Students report vaping as early as middle school and it is often found to be a gateway to other drugs and alcohol. The nicotine in ONE JUUL POD is equal to approximately 20 cigarettes.
Our Prevention Coordinator is available to provide education to youth and families around vaping and early cessation to help break the addiction early. Please reach out- firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Survey Results/Grant Updates
The LOLPC collaborates with LOLMS and LOLHS every two years to survey students about their substance use, norms, and beliefs. This data is extremely helpful in determining the work of the LOLPC and how to best support youth and families in our community. Please find full reports here.
Research and science tells us that substance abuse disorders are very often associated with mental health disorders and times of distress, stress, and struggle. Please reach out to your school counselor, physician, private therapists, or other trusted support and/or professional to find services for your child and family.