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Hubbard in Prevention reports 10 years of prevention, new 5-year grant

The coalition to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and drug use has made progress, Graham reported, but work remains to be done.

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Angela Graham with CHI St. Joseph’s Health gave the Park Rapids School Board a presentation Monday celebrating 10 years of effort by the Hubbard in Prevention Coalition (HIP).

Regarding the program to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by area youth, Graham reported HIP has received grant funding for another five years from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to Graham, surveys taken in 2013 and 2019 show that among youth who reported using alcohol during the previous month, the percentage of Hubbard County students reporting they bought alcohol from a local bar, restaurant or store decreased from 12% to 1%.

She gave credit for some of this progress to law enforcement for providing compliance checks and Responsible Beverage Server training.

“That is one huge benchmark, I would say, that we can all be very proud of,” said Graham.

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Also, she said, 77% of Hubbard County students agreed in 2019 that drinking alcohol is never a good thing for teens to do, compared to 72% in 2013.

Graham also cited a successful ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) summit in 2019, with the possibility of either another summit or smaller presentations in the spring or fall of 2022.

In a brochure accompanying her presentation, HIP reports that one in three Hubbard County students has experienced two or more ACEs, and the rate of reported marijuana use increased with the number of ACEs they experienced. However, youth who reported feeling that adults in the community care about them were half as likely to report using marijuana.

“We still have work to do in our communities,” Graham said. “Some of our numbers are still concerning, as far as the number of students that are still using.”.

The HIP brochure reveals that in 2019, the numbers of Hubbard County students reporting past-month use of alcohol and tobacco were higher than the state average. Also, one in three reported getting alcohol from their parents, compared to one in five statewide. And while tobacco use had been declining among Hubbard County students, vaping reversed that trend.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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