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Youth to Youth Conference

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Youth to Youth Conference

For the past two summers youth from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and Knollwood have participated in the Youth to Youth Conference.  Groups either attend the Ohio or Rhode Island conference.  For more details on the conference check out Youth to Youth website at

The purpose of the conference is to harnessing the powerful influence of peer pressure– making it a positive force that encourages young people to live free of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

For more information on the local group going to either conference contact Andy Duran at [email protected]

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2013 Parents, Teens and the Law Presentation

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The annual Parents, Teens and the Law program took place on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at the Lake Forest High School Auditorium.  The program is meant to help parents and teens navigate through the challenges high school years making healthy choices and avoiding involvement with alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs.  It is sponsored by Speak UP!, LEAD and LFHS APT.

The panelists this year were:

  • the honorable Judge Chris Stride
  • A local parent who shared her personal perspective of how her family was impacted by a teen party
  • Speakers from Speak UP!, LFHS Dean’s Office, Athletic Office and Law Enforcement

Below is a link to a presentation done at Parents, Teens and the Law by Khris Condon, Program Coordinator Speak UP! Prevention Coalition and Deborahanne Reimer, Student Assistance Program Coordinator at LFHS.


Matt Bellace Supporting teens in making healthy choices

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Speaker Matt Bellace comes to Lake Forest based on recommendations from several Lake Forest High School students who heard Mr. Bellace at Youth to Youth International conferences last summer.  Mr. Bellace will speak to students at Deerpath Middle School, Lake Bluff Middle School and Lake Forest High School during the week of December 3rd.  Come here the great messages and advise he shares with our students. get-attachment

SpeakUP! Responds to CNN Weed Documentary

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SpeakUP! Responds to CNN Weed Documentary

After national news network CNN aired “Weed”, a documentary hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, many organizations in the substance abuse prevention field expressed concern about the show’s unbalanced coverage of the medical marijuana issue.

We encourage you to write to CNN’s Dr. Gupta expressing your concern about the program, which heavily promoted the use of smoking marijuana as medicine, despite the fact that dozens of medical organizations and federal agencies have concluded that there is no medical value in smoked marijuana.

Below are comments and statements from other national organizations and leading addiction experts regarding CNN’s Weed documentary:

The American Society of Addiction Medicine
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Dr. Paula Riggs
Dr. Christian Thurstone
Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Here are several resources to help you address marijuana use online at:

How Alcohol Affects Athletes

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How Alcohol Affects Athletes

The American Athletic Institute has conducted studies of alcohol use and athlete performance. Here are some of the findings:

 Training Effect

  • Every time you get drunk, you lose approximately 14 days of training effect. That’s right; one night of drinking and two weeks of training effect is erased. You are wasting your time and your career.

Training Hormones

  • Alcohol suppresses your training hormones for up to four days. Basically, you are at practice but the hormones yo7729602624_73753b0961_mu need to get training effect and condition are not. You practice, but no improvement comes.

Performance Potential

  • The effect of recent heavy drinking lowers your performance potential by 11.4 percent before you even step out onto the ice or field.


  • Lactic acid levels, which fatigue your muscles, increases much earlier and primary muscles that you depend on shut down or are slower and weaker


  • You will not be able to catch your breath during breaks in activity. Your breathing rate will be very high and you will hyperventilate or lose control of your breathing. Your lungs are trying to get oxygen to your working muscles and clear carbon dioxide from your system, but they cannot.


  • Your heart rate will be much higher and over time your cardiac output will decrease. The oxygen rich blood will not reach your working muscles. The lactic acid will build up in the muscles and you will slow down and be weaker.

Muscle Fuels

  • Normally we can reload our muscles with fuels (glycogen) in 8-12 hours, but after drinking, it can be 16-24 hours.


  • Normal recovery from maximal stress is 24 hours, but after drinking, it can be 48-96 hours.


  • Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it make you urinate.

Muscle Repair

  • When we train, muscle is damaged. We repair it by making protein into new fibers. Drinking slows down this repair process. It is in your speed muscles that this process is most reduced


  • Alcohol affects reaction time and hand-eye coordination, which are two of the most important functions in most sports.


 Alcohol is a metabolic poison, clear and simple. It affects the entire body and all body systems, especially those that control high performance. No serious athlete should use alcohol.

 Article obtained from USA Hockey (February, 2013)

pHARMING Effects Training – Saturday, April 13th

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pHARMING Effects Training – Saturday, April 13th

Screen Shot 2013-03-19 at 11.41.19 PMLEAD, in conjunction with Youth to Youth (Y2Y) International and the Cardinal Health Foundation, will sponsor The pHARMING Effects training on Saturday, April 13th at Gorton Community Center.  “The pHARMING Effects was created by a group of teens from central Ohio who adapted a toolkit from the Ohio State University School of Pharmacy’s Generation Rx Initiative, then transformed it into an exciting and interactive youth-led presentation.

The presentation includes:

  • A definition of prescription drug abuse and misuse
  • A discussion of the insidious nature of addiction
  • The impact of prescription drug marketing as well as tips on how to think critically about this advertising
  • Relevant statistics and strategies for teens to initiate change in their homes, schools, and communities

This is a great example of effective youth-led prevention: Teens taking relevant and accurate information, designing a presentation, then using it to educate other young people.

If you are an 8th – 12th grader, we invite you to sign up for The pHARMING Effects training on April 13th.  Please complete the online registration form below.  Space is limited, so register today!  Questions? Contact Andy Duran, Executive Director of LEAD at [email protected] or Deborahanne Reimer, Tri-District Student Assistance Program Coordinator at [email protected].

Screening of “Behind the Orange Curtain” – February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

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Screening of “Behind the Orange Curtain” – February 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Behind the Orange Curtain

Please join us for a special screening of “Behind the Orange Curtain,” a film documenting the prescription drug epidemic in Orange County, California.  Come watch the award-winning film and meet its Executive Producer, Jamison Monroe.
Register for the February 27th Screening of "Behind the Orange Curtain"
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Rhoades Auditorium
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL

Documentary screening at 7:00 p.m. and discussion to follow with:

Jamison Monroe
Executive Producer, “Behind the Orange Curtain”
Founder, Newport Academy


Andrea Barthwell
Past Deputy Director of Demand Reduction
Office of National Drug Control Policy


Our Stories: The Underage Drinking Story

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Our Stories: The Underage Drinking Story

A short trailer of a film developed for parents and students on the issue of underage drinking.
Listen to the stories of real people regarding teen drinking and its risks. Very helpful for parents in starting the conversation with their children or friends.

Full version of the film is available at