Van Buren County SAFE Coalition in collaboration with the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking will hold “Celebrating Success” – a Town Hall Meeting with parents, students, law enforcement, community members and health professionals to discuss underage drinking prevention. Everyone is invited to attend!
Underage drinking is a pressing public health concern that affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth, their families and our community. In 2010, about 10 million, or one in every four, 12- to 20-year-olds reported using alcohol during the previous month, although it is illegal for them to do so. On the 2010 Iowa Youth Survey 11th grade students reported that 36% did have at least one drink of alcohol and that 77% of them believe it would be easy to very easy to get alcohol in the Van Buren County area. Underage drinking contributes to a range of costly health and social problems, including traffic fatalities, suicide, physical and sexual assault, brain impairment, alcohol dependence, academic problems and alcohol and drug poisoning. Underage drinking costs U.S. citizens an estimated $62.0 billion in 2010 for related medical care, work loss and associated pain and suffering.
WHO: Keynote Speaker for the event will be Travis Bruyer of the Flathead Valley Alcohol Enforcement Team.
WHAT: Celebrating Success will recognize Van Buren County Sherriff Danny Tedrow and the Van Buren County Sherriff’s reserve officers for their contributions to the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition and in reducing underage drinking in Van Buren County. Youth Awards will be presented for youth who have been recognized both state-wide and nationally for their efforts to reduce underage drinking in their community.
WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2012. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm with the presentation beginning at 6:00pm.
WHERE: Roberts Memorial Center.
ADDITIONAL INFO: Free childcare will be provided
For additional information about the event please contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the national 2012 Town Hall Meeting initiative, which is expected to involve more than 2,000 communities, please visit: http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings.