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(Taken from CADCA’s Coalition Online: www.cadca.org/coalitionsonline)

A new federal report reveals that more than 40 percent of the nation´s estimated 10.8 million underage drinkers obtained their alcohol from adults of legal drinking age—including their own parents. For coalition leaders, the findings are nothing new. That´s why in many communities, social host laws have been passed to stop parents from supplying alcohol to their kids.

The report, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration this week, indicates that one in 16 underage drinkers (6.4 percent or 650,000) was given alcoholic beverages by their parents in the past month.

“In far too many instances parents directly enable their children’s underage drinking – in essence encouraging them to risk their health and wellbeing,” said Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H, a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. “Proper parental guidance alone may not be the complete solution to this devastating public health problem – but it is a critical part.”

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June 11, 2008 — Kansas Attorney General Steve Six today voiced support for a summer campaign against teen drinking. We Don’t Serve Teens (WDST), sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission, targets easy teen access to alcohol with the reminder, “Let’s make it a safe summer. Don’t serve alcohol to teens.”

“Over the past decade, teen alcohol use has dropped. With a sustained effort, we can keep our teens safe and alcohol free,” said Six. “The We Don’t Serve Teens campaign is a great way to raise awareness about teen drinking and work together to keep our teens safe.”

Summer is a particularly important time to raise awareness about teen drinking. School is out and teens have more free time with friends, often with less supervision. Unfortunately, summer is a time when teens are at high risk to start drinking-and when teen drunk-driving deaths are at their highest.

Six encourages parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of alcohol. Education is the key to decreasing teen alcohol use. Six also reminds adults that it is illegal to provide alcohol to young people under the age of 21.

For more information on the We Don’t Serve Teens summer campaign, visit: http://www.dontserveteens.gov/safesummer.html.

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Johnson County STOP Underage Drinking Project, Inc. Community Celebration Event Held

The Johnson County STOP Underage Drinking Project, Inc. (STOP) hosted a community celebration on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at the Sunset Drive Office Building in Olathe.   

The celebration honored the 2008 STOP Underage Drinking Scholarship Award Recipients and the 2008 Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest winners.  In addition, STOP celebrated 10 years of commitment to providing youth, parents and the community with factual data, education, prevention and intervention tools to reduce the incidence of underage drinking and related tragedies.  STOP honored influential partners and members of the STOP Board and Coalition for their service and dedication to community-based prevention efforts. 

 

The 2008 Johnson County STOP Underage Drinking Project Scholarship Recipients are recognized for their positive, alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free actions that prove them to be role models in the community.  Their involvement in underage drinking and substance abuse prevention efforts in Johnson County demonstrate they are truly deserving of this scholarship award.

 

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From CADCA’s Coalitions Online (www.cadca.org/coalitionsonline)…

To teens, the word “summer” means freedom. School is out and teens have more time with friends, often with reduced supervision. Unfortunately, summer is a time when teens are at high risk to start drinking – and when teen drunk-driving deaths are at their highest. A new campaign by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) aims to protect teens during the high risk summer months.

 

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(Taken from ONDCP’s online blog: www.pushingback.com)

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