June 2018 Press Release

 GRADUATION SEASON– practice safety   High school graduation is an important milestone in a teen’s life. During this time, there are many chances to attend parties and other celebrations where teens may take risks, especially drinking and drug use. At graduation time, teens may feel more pressure to celebrate by partying with illegal drugs, alcohol, or even prescription (Rx) drugs.   DID YOU KNOW??

  • That when parents give alcohol to minors it actually increases the risk for continued drinking in the teenage years. (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)
  • There is a 40% (4800 kids each year) increase in first-time youth marijuana use during June and July compared to the rest of the year. (SAMHSA)
  • Parents are the most powerful influence on their kids when it comes to drugs. Two-thirds of youth ages 13-17 say losing their parents’ respect is one of the main reasons they don’t smoke marijuana or use other drugs. (SAMHSA)
Most teens that drink get alcohol from parents, older friends and parties. Teen drinking leads to injuries and risky behavior. We can reduce underage drinking by decreasing underage access to alcohol. One of the goals for Tioga County Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (ASAP) is to reduce underage drinking. A Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) survey given in 2017 to students in grades 8 through 12 revealed eye-opening data on underage drinking in our county:  
  • 7% of 12th graders reported drinking an alcoholic beverage in the past 30 days.
  • 1% of 12 graders reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks in one sitting) in the past two weeks.
  • 1% obtain alcohol from people over the age of 21, 46.3% of students who reported drinking say they got the alcohol from parents with their permission, and 43% get it from other family members.
Talking to your kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs is important to help them make healthier choices. For parents looking for ways to start the conversation with their child about drugs and alcohol, a number of great resources are available online or call Tioga ASAP Coalition Coordinator Christina Olevano at (607) 223-4066.   Remember….. don’t serve alcohol to teens, its illegal!   For tips on planning teen celebrations, or information about how to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol – Visit our Facebook @TiogaASAP    ]]>

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