The Zion Police Department conducts Tobacco and Alcohol compliance checks several times per year. These checks are conducted by using underage buying agent along with a police officer in plain clothes. The agent and officer enter the business and attempt to purchase cigarettes or alcohol. If a sale is made, then a uniformed officer enters the business and informs them of the violation. The seller is issued a citation and a court date. I must commend our businesses in Zion. We have very few violations since the program began. Where violations have occurred, corrective action has been quickly taken by the business owner. Our buying agents always have a great learning experience working with our officers.
The Substance Abuse Task Force is currently working on a social norm campaign for parents so that parents can proudly proclaim their support of a drug-free household and for them to promote safe, healthy activities for teens in our community. To join our task force and help develop this campaign, please email Deborah Will at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Ruggles at email@example.com.
Each month, the Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force sends out parent flyers through the websites of local school districts from the Lake County Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. For more information about this group and more information about youth substance use prevention in Lake County, please click here. (here’s the link: http://drugfreelakecounty.org/)