The Problem of Underage Drinking
Community meeting taking place in Wilton on April 4
March 22, 2012
The keynote speaker will be Lee Anne Dodge
Healthy Community Coalition, in collaboration with its Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Federal Government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, is sponsoring a community meeting. The meeting, Understanding and Addressing the Rising Problem of Underage Drinking, will educate parents, teachers, officials, youth, and other community members about the impact that underage drinking has on the community, and determine strategies that can be implemented in our community to raise awareness and address the issue.
The keynote speaker will be Lee Anne Dodge, assistant director of Student Life and coordinator of Substance Abuse Prevention and Wellness at the University of Southern Maine. Dodge has worked with community coalitions statewide addressing youth alcohol and tobacco use, as well as with the New Hampshire Teen Institute coordinating underage drinking prevention.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. at Academy Hill School in Wilton. All are welcome to attend.
“Greater Franklin County’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is made up of more than 40 community members who are working on reducing underage drinking and reducing prescription drug misuse and abuse,” said Nicole Ditata, Healthy Maine Partnership Director. In the Western Public Health District which consists of Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin counties, 33.4 percent of high school students had at least one drink of alcohol on one or more of the past 30 days and 20.4 percent of high school students consumed five or more drinks of alcohol in a row on one or more of the past 30 days.
This information is provided by the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County (HCC). HCC is a Healthy Maine Partnership and an affiliate of the Franklin Community Health Network. For more information, call 779-2932 or toll free at 1-800-525-3136.
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