The education of parents is very important in the battle against underage teen drinking.
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The article, Educating parents, youth about underage substance abuse, by LOU FANCHER states
“Alcohol and drug prevention handouts distributed at five Contra Costa Behavioral Health regional community forums paint a not-pretty picture: youths in the large county’s five regions are experimenting at younger ages with more substances than ever before.
According to Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) program chief Fatima Matal Sol, data gathered by the county’s Behavioral Health division shows that in Lamorinda 35 percent of 11th grade students in Acalanes Unified School District reported consuming alcohol in the last 30 days. Twenty-three percent had used marijuana.
Most alarming, youth obtain illegal substances most often from peers, siblings or parents. Statistics that vary from region to region underscore the importance of updates with community input to the department’s five-year strategic AOD prevention plan. Three priorities developed in the 2013 plan expire in 2018.
“Community assessments are useful for us to plan how to allocate resources,” Sol said at the Oct. 19 Lamorinda forum at Lafayette Library. “What’s a problem in East County may not be a problem in Central or West County.”
Lynn Wilder, 17, a student at Miramonte High School and member of the Orinda Teen Advisory Council, said in an interview that if the community doesn’t offer alternative teen activities, they’ll turn to parties involving drugs and alcohol.
“Abuse is definitely a big problem,” she said. “We need more information about the health effects, more integration into school programs, assemblies, information fairs.”
A presentation from ADAPT Lamorinda Coalition coordinator Jaime Rich outlined measures taken in Lamorinda to educate youth and parents about teen substance abuse.
Environmental preventions, like flushing out liquor store owners who fail to ask for identification or making law enforcement more visible with patrol cars at places where teens are known to party, combine with ADAPT Lamorinda’s peer-to-peer education initiatives and other outreach.
Ultimately, adults who recognize and respond proactively to indications a child is at risk are key to reducing alcohol and drug abuse, she suggested.”
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