Local Agencies Provide Tips For Alcohol and Drug Free Graduation and Prom

HASTINGS – The South Heartland District Health Department and the Area Substance & Alcohol Abuse Prevention want high schoolers to be safe and smart during prom and graduation season.

They are providing a few tips for parents to make sure their kids aren’t engaging in alcohol and drug abuse during these times.

Michele Bever, the Executive Director of the South Heartland District Health Department, says the statistics are alarming.

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States but also in our health district of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster Counties. More than 38 percent of high school seniors reported consuming alcohol in the prior 30 days. Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors have ridden in a vehicle driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol. So that’s a concern. But also, we can take that a little further, and we can see that about 20 percent of seniors are binge drinking. Which means that they’re consuming multiple drinks in a row, and for males that would be 5 or more and for females, 4 or more.

Stefanie Creech-Will, the Executive Director for ASAAP, says that parents should start by just talking to their teens about avoiding alcohol.

Be sure your kids have a safe ride to and from events and be available to help out should they get into a situation where they won’t have a safe ride.

Read the reviews for limo and transportation services if you plan on using those. Know who is hosting after parties and have contact information for the host.

If you are hosting an event, make sure you are there and make sure you are awake.

And remember to have your kids phone charged before they leave.

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