Lurie Children's Survey Shows Drug Abuse Tops List Of Kids' Health Risks

Nancy Harty
December 03, 2018 - 12:48 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lurie Children's Hospital has been taking the pulse of Chicago to see what are the biggest health issues facing kids. 

The hospital talked to adults from all over the city by phone for its Voices of Child Health survey and found drug abuse tops the list (64 percent) of concerns adults have about children's health. 

"Adults in Chicago understand, regardless of the neighborhood, regardless of how well-off the households are where kids are coming from, drug abuse is a concern," said Senior Vice President of Community Health Transformation Dr. Matt Davis.

Other areas adults identify as health problems for kids include obesity, child abuse, stress, depression, and smoking. 

"With a survey like this, what we know we can do is get better buy-in from the public about how important these problems are to address and potentially enlist their help," Davis said.

Davis said the hospital will use the survey to build public support for community and school-based solutions. 

Next month Lurie plans to open a new substance use and prevention program at the hospital's outpatient facility on the Near North Side.