.

Teens Are Out Enjoying Free Time, But What Exactly Are They Spending Time Doing?

Cobb Alcohol Taskforce summer reminder for the importance of mobilizing citizen action to reduce underage and youth binge drinking, by advancing strategic enforcement, policy and education strategies.

Pool parties, vacations and sleepovers … they all come with the arrival of summer time. Teens are out enjoying free time, but what exactly are they spending time doing? A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) sheds light on youth drug use throughout the year.

The SAMHSA report analyzes peak usage for many illicit drugs. The findings show that many adolescents try drugs for the first time during the summer. “On an average day in June and July more than 11,000 adolescents aged 12-17 use alcohol for the first time,” stated the report. Not only were youths trying alcohol for the first time, but alcohol was also reportedly the most commonly involved illicit drug for emergency department visits made by patients 20 and younger in 2010. Click here to read more

Summer is a great time for a reminder of the importance for mobilizing citizen action to reduce underage and youth binge drinking, by advancing strategic enforcement, policy and education strategies. Cobb Alcohol Taskforce recommends the following tips to keep alcohol and other drugs, out of youths’ hands:

- Join Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign

- Provide a consistent family policy Ex: no teen drinking and set consequences you will carry out

- Monitor your child’s activities

- Refuse to supply alcohol to underage youth in your home or on your property

- Support local law enforcement efforts to enforce alcohol laws

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »