A Community Comes Together to Reduce Underage Drinking

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Members of an RI prevention coalitionIn an effort to prevent underage drinking in their community, as well as the use of other illicit drugs, residents of the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, organized the North Kingstown Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  The Coalition works closely with the town’s law enforcement, town administrators, schools, and business owners to help spread a clear and consistent message about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, especially in teens.

One of the group’s important activities, Project Sticker Shock, aims to raise awareness of underage drinking by reminding adults over the age of 21 about the laws banning sales of alcohol to minors.  Members of the Coalition, including Mark Bowen, Kathy Yeager, Robin Monica, Frank Fede, and Phoenix House’s own Susan Vogl, manager of our Rhode Island Drug Court Program, have placed brightly colored stickers on multi-packs of beer and other alcoholic drinks in a number of local liquor stores.  The stickers read: “Know the law: providing alcohol to a minor is illegal. Conviction could result in fines up to $2,500 and/or up to one year in jail.”

While drinking is certainly a problem affecting adolescents, it has real implications for adults as well.  More than half of all high school age drinkers get their alcohol from adults, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

In Rhode Island, Phoenix House provides residential substance abuse treatment with academic tutoring to adolescents at Phoenix House Academy at Wallum Lake. Adult men and women receive gender-specific residential rehabilitation at Phoenix House Exeter Center and Phoenix House Ottmar Center, respectively. For those just beginning life in sobriety, Phoenix House provides medically monitored detoxification services, also on the Exeter Center campus. Phoenix House Outpatient Services, located in Providence, Wakefield, and Westerly, help adults and teens requiring a less intensive mode of drug treatment. Finally, men and women who have completed treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, but need a sober living environment in which to continue their recovery, can find safe, supportive accommodations at a number of recovery houses operated statewide by the Rhode Island Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence, A Phoenix House Program.

If someone you care for is experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol, call 1 888 671 9392 today.  We’re ready to help!

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