That time of the year is rapidly approaching. It’s a time when our teens will be heading off to proms, graduation and summer parties. It’s also a time when parents may be faced with the decision around serving or hosting parties with alcohol. March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Frost Kalnow Room, Tiffin -Seneca Public Library, along with the Community Action for Reducing Substance Coalition and the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, will be bringing an opportunity to our parents and teens to have a community conversation about underage drinking, impaired driving and traffic safety. Our speakers for this event will be experts from the Ohio Investigative Unit and the Ohio Highway Patrol.
It is an important topic, especially at this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, excessive drinking kills more than 4,000 young people in America. And despite the fact it’s illegal, people between the ages of 12 and 20 account for 11 percent of all alcohol consumed. Over the past few years, the Seneca County Health Alliance, as well as the CARSA Coalition, have surveyed our youth about a variety of different topics including substance use. Our local data paints quite a picture. It tells us that nearly 1 in 6 of our youth are using alcohol regularly, only a little over half of our parents are having those important conversations about substance use with their teens, and 1 in 3 parents is providing alcohol to their child.
So won’t you join us for this all important discussion? This event is free and open to the public. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend together. No registration required. Refreshments will be served along with free resources, giveaways and interactive activities. We look forward to seeing you there.
Charla VanOsdol, CARSA coordinator,