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Freeport hospital receives $126,150 grant to help fight underage alcohol use

FREEPORT – FHN Memorial Hospital’s Family Counseling Center recently received a $126,150 grant for substance use prevention efforts with underage youth from the Illinois Department of Human Services, Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success.

FHN staff said in a news release that one third of all Jo Daviess County adolescents have used alcohol by eighth grade. One half of Jo Daviess 12th graders surveyed using alcohol in the past 30 days, and one-fourth of students admitted to binge drinking, or five or more drinks at one time, in the past 2 weeks.

Two evidence-based strategies will be implemented:

* All Stars, Building Bright Futures, a multi-session youth prevention education program, at all Jo Daviess middle schools.

* A parent communication campaign, continuing through the spring, with posters, social media posts, advertisements, and billboards.

Email Joanne Muzzey, prevention specialist and grant coordinator, at Jmuzzey@fhn.org or call her at 815-599-8123 for more information.

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