Survey seeks input on youth substance use

September 24, 2018

A survey for those who live or work in Mount Vernon aims to assess the community’s thoughts on substance use by youths.

Danica Sessions, coalition coordinator for MV HOPE, said the purpose of the survey is to determine the community environment around availability and use of alcohol and drugs among young people.

MV HOPE, a state-sponsored community wellness organization, intends to use the survey results to determine its funding and priorities.

Sessions said the survey, now it its second year, is open to those 18 or older who live or work in Mount Vernon. The survey is available until Dec. 15.

Questions include things such as “do you think it’s OK for parents to offer alcohol to teenage kids?” she said, but also ask respondents to what degree they believe underage drinking is a problem in Mount Vernon.

Sessions said results from last year’s survey showed the community wasn’t storing medication safely, potentially making is accessible by young people.

The organization responded by starting a free medication lockbox program, she said.

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