A Piatt County mental health professional is concerned by the early information he's getting from a survey of youth in DeWitt and Piatt Counties.
The Illinois Youth Survey was given to Illinois youth for the first time since 2018 and the early returns are alarming for Tony Kirkman - the Executive Director of the Piatt County Mental Health Center.
Marijuana use among youth is alarming for Kirkman and he points out many parents are letting kids have access. Nearly 1 in 10 local eighth graders have used marijuana and that number jumps to 1 in 4 12th graders.
Moving forward, Kirkman hopes to message to parents will be emphasized because the issue of permissive parenting allowing kids unfettered access to marijuana is very dangerous.
Kirkman will look forward to what the statewide data says about this issue and hopes there will be a deep dive analysis at the state level.