RADAR Joins Regional Day of Giving “Hudson Valley Gives”

Click on the “Hudson Valley Gives” button below at any time to see our Hudson Valley Gives page and at midnight through 11:59 PM on May 17, 2017 to make a donation to RADAR. 
What Larchmont-Mamaroneck Youth Have Told Us 2006-2016 (based on Pride CTC Surveys)
  • Significant declines in alcohol and marijuana use 2006-2016
  • Rates currently hovering at lowest levels since community began surveying
  • Suggests delay in onset of use; important in that the earlier the onset of use, the greater the risk of developing a substance use disorder
  • BUT…12th grade use rates remain quite elevated and substantially above county, state, and national rates
  • AND…substance use increases with age; alcohol and marijuana use nearly triples from 8th to 9th grade, with marijuana use doubling and alcohol use nearly tripling again from 9th-10th grade
 
Binge Drinking – – Significant decline in binge drinking among MHS students 2006-2016 (44.9% down to 30.7%) – – BUT…in 2016,30.7% of MHS students reported binge drinking in the 30 days prior to survey administration.

Prescription Drug Use – – District-wide, prescription drug use has remained relatively low over the last ten years, ranging from 5.8% in 2006 to a high of 7.7% in 2008 and then steadily declining to the current 3.2% in 2016. Despite relatively low use rates, given current nationwide opioid crisis, continued monitoring remains warranted.
 
Youth Perception of Risk – – L-M youth are reporting a greater sense of perceived risk associated with alcohol use.  In 2016, 87.9% of HMX students indicated that alcohol use was harmful or very harmful as compared to 75.9% who responded similarly in 2006.  In 2016, 83.6% of MHS students indicated that alcohol use was harmful or very harmful as compared to 74.4% of the 2006 MHS student cohort who responded similarly.
 
 
Perception of Parental Disapproval – – L-M Youth 2016 report higher levels of perceived parental disapproval of BOTH alcohol and marijuana use than did those who came before them.  95.3% of 2016 MHS students report parental disapproval of their use of alcohol while 90.2% report parental disapproval of their use of marijuana; this compares to just 73.8% and 88.3% in 2006.
Strategies and Policies
 Implemented by RADAR to Help Achieve Outcomes
  • Social norms media campaign (“Most of Us”)
  • Provided education to parents, teachers, youth and healthcare professionals on the dangers associated with substance use
  • Established a Coalition website with information specifically targeted to parents and teens
  • Implemented multiple public awareness/ education campaigns targeting youth and parents
  • Sponsor “Above the Influence” high school club and funded their youth-initiated public service announcements
  • Co-sponsor a range of substance-free events/ activities/programs for Larchmont/ Mamaroneck youth
  • Support implementation of research-based health curriculum in the district schools
 Keeping the young people of Larchmont and Mamaroneck free of drugs and alcohol allows a productive, prosperous future for our community. We are grateful for your donation of any amount to support our prevention efforts.

 

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