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Virtual Town Hall for Parents

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How does underage drinking and substance misuse affect your community?

Underage drinking continues to be a devastating issue in Pima County, specifically in our 85706 and 85705 ZIP codes. Of the youth surveyed in 85705, 18.3 percent of 12th graders report binge drinking regularly; in 85706, 14.5 percent of 12th graders reported binge drinking regularly. In addition, the reports of 39.9 percent of 10th graders in 85705 and 24.1 percent of 10th graders in 85706 show a misconception of harm associated with drug use. We see underage drinking as a consistent issue with youth, especially in our Latino community, despite opioid misuse being a large concern these days.

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How did a Communities Talk event help you address those issues?

  • Built community cohesiveness and support for our efforts
  • Created an opportunity to share resources and practices with other community stakeholders
  • Raised awareness of substance abuse and/or underage drinking issues in our community
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Which Communities Talk resources (or other SAMHSA resources) were most helpful for your activity?

  • StopAlcoholAbuse.gov website
  • Communities Talk website
  • Communities Talk social media content (e.g., Facebook, Twitter)
  • Communities Talk e-Alerts
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How did your event make an impact on underage drinking in your community?

The Amistades Mayahuel Prevention Consortium hosted its Communities Talk event on December 20, 2019. The event attendees included more than 20 community stakeholders. A prominent community speaker from Arizona State University’s School of Social Work discussed the consequences of underage drinking related to suicide. Stakeholders learned the importance of alcohol’s influence on mental health within the Latino community and discussed best practices to prevent both suicide and underage drinking.

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What other challenge(s) did you face in planning your activity this year?

  • Needed additional resources to conduct activity
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How did you overcome these challenges?

We held the event in a small space, so we had a cap on our attendance number. Having a larger space would have accommodated more people and reached a larger audience.

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What are your next steps?

  • Host follow-up meetings or activities
  • Expand our coalition with new partnerships in the community
  • Create a public education campaign to raise awareness and/or change behaviors around underage drinking (i.e., create PSAs and other promotional materials)

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