Is alcohol local youth’s biggest drug problem? |

Is alcohol local youth’s biggest drug problem?

Courtesy photoFrom left: Dianne Hilly, Serita Cox, Bill Bohn and Eileen Bohn provided a bevy of information from Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence at the inaugural AirFair and Family Festival.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – On Saturday July 7 at the inaugural Tahoe Truckee Air Fair, TT-FWDD (Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence) Coalition volunteers Dick and Dianne Hilly set up a booth with the help of eight other volunteers. The purpose was to raise awareness and support for youth drug and alcohol prevention efforts in the Tahoe-Truckee community and to provide information, education, and resources.

The volunteers met with more than 400 participants and surveyed more than 270 about alcohol and drug concerns in the community. When asked what they considered to be the biggest drug problem for today’s local youth, top three responses were: 42 percent alcohol; 33 percent prescription medication, and 17 percent marijuana. When asked what they would like to see done about the problem, the top three responses were: 37 percent education, 26 percent community involvement, and 16 percent better parenting.

The survey responses confirmed people are concerned about underage drinking and other drug use among youth and believe education and community involvement are some of the necessary components to making positive changes.

One way the TT-FWDD Coalition is working to address these concerns is with a Parent Committed to Stopping Underage Drinking Pledge. The TT-FWDD Parent Committed Pledge is an effective way parents can take a stand with other parents to create alcohol-free environments that are fun and safe for their children and their friends. TT-FWDD strongly encourages parents to sign the pledge, and use it as an opportunity to talk to their teens about why alcohol is harmful to them and express their rules about not drinking. Expressing clear no drinking rules has been shown to help decrease teen drinking.

For more information about TT-FWDD and the Parent Committed Pledge visit, email or call 530-546-1924.

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