Teaming Up To Address Underage Drinking

Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3), Sheriff’s Department, and Local Police Departments are teaming up to spread the word; Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. It’s against the law. These partners are working in 2013, providing Fulton County parents with resources and information about teens and underage drinking.

This year, our local county campaign is highlighting “211” and our local teens driving under the influence data. 211 is a service of First Call for Help providing 24/7 assistance with direct linkage to all county police departments and the Sheriff. It is ONE number to remember to call instead of several. Our current data shows that “1 out of 3 Fulton County high school students, 17 years & older, who drink alcohol, drive under the influence”. These messages are being promoted with banners being displayed at all Fulton County schools, movie theatre ads and Facebook postings.
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HC3 spreads the message through:

  • Letters to parents of all juniors and seniors in Fulton County public schools encouraging a safe and sober prom and graduation season as well as magnets reminding families of “211”. One telephone number to remember for direct linkage to law enforcement or behavioral help.
  • Increased law enforcement on our county roads during prom and graduation season.
  • County and town proclamations with our public officials supporting the Parents Who Host countywide campaign
  • Education of our parent After Prom Committees on the problem of underage drinking and support of After Prom Events.
  • Ads on our local access cable TV channels.
  • Banners displayed at each high school in the county and at one other prominent location in each village/city in the county.
  • Skye Cinema Theater ads for the months of May and June.

Wishing You and Yours a Safe Prom & Graduation Celebration

PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!

  • Talk with your student. Clearly communicate your expectations
  • Talk with the parents who are hosting the event that your student is attending
  • Know who is driving, where your student is going and with whom
  • Be a positive role model; beer or alcohol does not need to be present to have a good time
  • Stay up for your student’s return home

Healthy Choices Caring Communities, an initiative of the Fulton County Family & Children First Council, is a group of community members working together to prevent and reduce youth use of alcohol and other drugs in Fulton County. To become a member of the HC3, or for more information, contact Lou Moody, Project Director, at 419-337-0915.

The Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking campaign is a program of Drug-Free Action Alliance with funding from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. For additional information, including the full list of parent tips and ideas, visit www.DrugFreeActionAlliance.org.[/emember_protected]

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