|We're used to seeing Advocacy Day roll around annually, but this year it's expanding to Advocacy Week. Due to Covid-19, instead of traveling to Columbus, we will be meeting with our legislators virtually.
This year, we will share our city and county data from the Youth Asset and Substance Use Survey (YASUS) to discuss the ways our Coalition is positively impacting the community, as well as areas of needed growth.
For example, by the time they are 17 years old, 25% of Wayne County youth have drunk alcoholic beverages and 18% have vaped. Additionally, 24% reported that it is easy or very easy to get alcohol as a youth, and 22% said the same about vapes (Wayne County YASUS 2019).
The good news is that communities with prevention Coalitions see a decrease in youth substance use (see the report here). It's important that our legislators know the positive effect we have city and countywide.