The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based program that gathers information on risk factors among Illinois adults 18 years of age and older through monthly telephone surveys. Established in 1984 as a collaboration between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments, the BRFSS has grown to be the primary source of information on behaviors and conditions related to the leading causes of death for adults in the general population.
To access the Illinois data, including state, strata, and county data from 1998-2021, please visit: http://www.idph.state.il.us/brfss/
In 2012, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) began a project designed to address underage drinking (ages 12-17) and prescription drug misuse (ages 12-25) in high-risk communities using the Strategic Prevention Framework.
In Illinois, underage drinking was identified as a significant issue as early as 2004 through an assessment process conducted by the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW). It has continued to be a significant issue for the state through subsequent assessments in 2008 and 2012. Illinois was awarded the SPF-PFS grant in October of 2014 through a grant application submitted by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
The SPF-PFS grant provided an opportunity to identify and fund sub-recipient communities throughout Illinois to utilize the SPF model (shown below) to target the most pressing contributing factors to underage drinking using a mix of evidence-based programs, policies and practices based on their local cultural context.
The SPF-PFS project officially concluded activities on September 29, 2019 after five years of funding. Five sites were granted continuation funding through June 30, 2020. These reports are the final reports from this project.
5 year project report:
SPF-PFS Final Evaluation Report, October 2019
Report from the five continuation SPF-PFS sites:
SPF-PFS Evaluation Report July 2020 Addendum
CPRD has recently released “Strata Reports” that report the frequencies for all variables covered in the Illinois Youth Survey for Illinois youth in 8th, 10th and 12th grades living in urban, suburban and rural areas. CPRD was unable to produce the strata report for the City of Chicago that is typically released due to an inadequate sample size. CPRD was also unable to produce an overall statewide report also due to sample size limitations resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Review these strata reports here: https://iys.cprd.illinois.edu/results/state
Reported data tables in each strata report are divided into six areas:
- STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS includes demographic data and other information about the surveyed population.
- DRUG PREVALENCE AND BEHAVIORS Includes substance use behaviors including type, frequency, consequences, and recovery.
- DRUG USE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS Includes factors in students, their families, and their communities that may increase or reduce the risk of youth substance use disorder, such as access to substances and parental communication about expectations to not use drugs.
- INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT, VIOLENCE AND DELINQUENCY includes experiences with violence and high-risk behaviors including bullying, fighting, and gambling.
- ACADEMIC AND SCHOOL EXPERIENCES includes youth opinions of their academic experiences, their school environment, and engagement in youth activities.
- MENTAL, SOCIAL, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH includes a variety of mental and physical health issues including thoughts about depression/suicide, nutrition, and physical activity (includes estimates of obesity).
For questions contact scott[at]cprd[dot]illinois[dot]edu
This is to announce that the 2019 Illinois Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) detailed data tables were just posted to the IDPH website. This is the fourth year of data collection using the Phase 8 version of the PRAMS survey.
The 2019 results are available by clicking the green “Select a year” button in the middle of the page available at http://dph.illinois.gov/data-statistics/prams. On the 2019 results landing page, a comprehensive set of charts is provided in the “2019 Illinois PRAMS Detailed Data Tables” link. There also are chart-specific hyperlinks allowing you to see the available charts and to view them individually.
Opioid supplement data collected from April 2019 through December 2019 are included in the results beginning on Table 81. These results replace the opioid results released earlier this year for the period April 2019 through August 2019.
As always, I am interested in your feedback on the data tables. I also am interested in knowing if you use the PRAMS data for education purposes, or for program or policy development that could be highlighted in a Data to Action report to the CDC. Please feel free to e-mail or call with your comments and feedback.
Thank you for your support of the PRAMS program!
Julie B. Doetsch, M.A.
Perinatal Health Data Manager
Illinois Department of Public Health
525 W. Jefferson St., 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62701
217-785-1064 ext. 5
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To examine youth substance use trends and patterns, CDC analyzed data from the 2009–2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This report presents estimated prevalence of current (i.e., previous 30-days) marijuana use, prescription opioid misuse, alcohol use, and binge drinking and lifetime prevalence of marijuana, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, injection drug use, and prescription opioid misuse among U.S. high school students. Findings highlight opportunities for expanding evidence-based prevention policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce risk factors and strengthen protective factors related to youth substance use, in conjunction with ongoing initiatives for combating the opioid crisis.
Prescription Opioid Misuse and Use of Alcohol and Other Substances Among High School Students — Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 2019
In a recent report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a new measurement tool known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) was developed. The YRBSS monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use and a variety of other unhealthy behaviors.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
According to a recent report published by the University of Baltimore’s Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement, drug overdoses spiked 18% in the United States in the first two months after pandemic stay-at-home orders began in mid-March.
U.S. Drug Overdoses Rose 18% in Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic
A study published by Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, (ICJIA) examines alcohol as the most commonly misused substance among youth in the United States. This article explores literature on underage drinking and interventions available to address the problem.
Youth Alcohol Use: National and Illinois Trends, Consequences, and Interventions
The following article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, provides resources and support for those who may be struggling with various substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The National Institute on Drug Abuse has put together information on the potential implications of this pandemic on those who struggle with substance use disorder. The social distancing that is required during this COVID-19 outbreak has put a strain on families impacted by addiction. Self-imposed isolation can disconnect us from the very tools that keep us resilient and strong, making us vulnerable to fear.”
COVID-19: Online and Remote Resources for Addiction Support
A study posted by the New York Times indicates that COVID-19 may lead to an increase in alcohol use.
“I expect we’re going to see pretty significant increases in what I call unhealthy alcohol use, which means drinking above recommended limits,” said Dr. Sarah Wakeman, an addiction medicine doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “It will be pretty unlikely for someone who has never tried alcohol before to start drinking for the first time and immediately develop an alcohol use disorder. I would see this as a risk more in people who are already drinking and then their alcohol use escalates.”
Addiction Experts Say Pandemic Could Lead to Spike in Unhealthy Alcohol Use