LiveFree! Coalition Offers Tips to Keep Teens Safe
Special to the Florida Courier – Graduations are a time for celebration. They mark a step closer to adulthood and starting a new chapter. For teens, these celebrations can also be a time for great temptation as celebrations of all sizes can lead to underage drinking, while alcohol is more plentiful and accessible and parents are distracted by the festivities.
Underage drinking is widespread problem among today’s youth. By age 18, more than 70 percent of teens have tried alcohol (according to the National Institutes of Health), and this statistic is especially alarming for parents of teenagers with their driver licenses.
To help protect teens and the community this graduation season and well into summer when children are home and more parties are planned, Jackie Griffin, executive director of LiveFree! Coalition, an alliance in Pinellas County that promotes awareness about the harmful effects of substance abuse among youth, young adults and adults, offers the following tips:
“Grad parties and summertime are treasured time with family and friends. We need to do everything possible in keeping our youth and community safe and surrounded by positive adults setting the example,” added Griffin. “Taking the time to establish rules and open the lines of communication can really keep them safe this during the next few months and beyond.”
Looking for more tips for keeping teens safe and alcohol-free year round? Visit www.livefreeblog.org for some events, groups and ideas.
About LiveFree! Coalition
LiveFree! Coalition raises awareness about the harmful effects of substance abuse among youth, young adults and adults in Pinellas County. By offering trainings, advocacy, town hall meetings, a Speaker’s Bureau, environmental strategies and awareness events, LiveFree! encourages Pinellas County families to live safe, healthy and drug-free. For more information, visit the blog atwww.livefreeblog.org or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/