ESAP Coalition Meeting Minutes, March 24, 2017


ESAP Coalition Meeting

Tuesday, March, 14 2017




Erin Tegge, PEER Services

Zaneta Balaban, PEER Services

Julia Brownfield, PEER Services

Angelo Militello, JCF

Anna Landmeier, ETHS

Georgia Martin, Parent

Brian Meister, CADC

Erin Fisher, City of Evanston

Judy Roberts, Parent

Hermann Riecke, Parent


1.      Introductions

2.      Misperceptions of Marijuana presentation

3.      Presentation discussion


Impressions from coalition members present:

• The presentation pointed out the difference between medical and “regular” marijuana.

There are specific uses for medical marijuana. The problem with the term “medical” is

that the marijuana being sold at dispensaries has such high THC levels that it’s actually

not medical marijuana, it’s just marijuana with extremely high levels of THC. The term

‘medical’ is being used only to benefit the newly established industry.

• FDA has drugs in clinical testing for medical marijuana (3 therapeutic areas):

1. Sativex (CBD & THC) for cancer pain & spasticity (Currently approved in Europe and


2. Epidiolex (CBD) for childhood

3. Investigating CBD for infantile spasms

• A parent present mentioned that she appreciated the statistics about marijuana use by

ETHS students because her daughter thought that more students were using marijuana

than they actually are.

• The statistics show that 70% of students are not using marijuana.

• It was mentioned to by a professional present to be sure and stay away from scare

tactics when talking to your teen. Stick to the facts.



What is being done by the school?

• The school has public health social norms campaigns to bring awareness to substance


• The school uses evidence based approaches prevention practices.

• There are focus groups that provide information and ask students questions regarding

“what they know or what they’ve heard” about the issue at hand. Also, to find out if the

message is reaching them and if they work.

• There are social workers on site that work with students and they provide resources and

refer to programs as necessary.

What can we do as a coalition?

• ESAP continues to work with ETHS, middle schools, other community organizations,

extend parent outreach, provide education & materials, ETHS lunch room activites,

provide volunteer opportunities, social media outreach, & outreach through other news

media sources.

• What else can we do to get our message across? We will continue to host semimonthly

coalition meetings along with monthly meetings of our specific committees,

alcohol, tobacco/marijuana, and prescription & other drug.


What can parents do?

• Stay up to date on current research and trends

• Have an ongoing conversation with your teen

• Be open-minded

• Non-judgmental

• Use active listening

• Use naturally occurring conversation starters (movies, songs, news stories, etc.)

• Send a clear no-use message

• Set clear rules and expectations

• Talk with other parents

The #1 believable source of information about alcohol and substance use, are parents. Have those

conversations and continue to have them.


4. Next meeting Wednesday, May,3 2017


Funding provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Cardinal Health Foundation. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of IDHS, SAMHSA or the Cardinal Health Foundation.