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New research suggests that the various types of marketing that appear on television, billboards, etc. during sports games are more likely to influence the way youths behave then the actual behavior of athletes. The large amount of alcohol advertising that takes place at sporting events and on television is encouraging youth to drink. It appears stories of athletes wild nights out, on the other hand, don’t affect teenagers’ decisions to drink at any significant level. (more…)

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Underage drinking has been considered a problem in this country for much longer than I’ve been alive, but the problem seems to have intensified in the last 5-10 years. This is in part due to increased awareness of the tragedies that happen when teenagers who were poorly educated about the dangers involved in drinking or using drugs.

The debate for parents of teenagers is a difficult one–do you strictly prohibit drinking or promote doing so in moderation and while making safe decisions? Do you allow your children to have a glass of wine or beer in your home, or not allow any alcohol what-so-ever?

One recent article tells the story of a mother who told her son not to drink, but also told him that if he did drink he absolutely shouldn’t drive. He died of alcohol poisoning with a BAC of .41 at age 18, shortly after graduating high school and moving out with a friend, when friends convinced him to chug rum. His mother has told her younger son that she doesn’t want him to drink until he is 21, and to the best of her knowledge he hasn’t. (more…)

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It’s the time of year when both high school and college students are breathing a sigh of relief and head out on spring break. Some will stay home, others will go on family vacations, and many will travel with a group of friends. Each one of these groups is at risk for alcohol abuse during this time of year.

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In a story that came out yesterday, a teacher at an elementary school in Florida apparently provided her students with mints in prescription pill bottles during standardized testing. The bottles read “Watson’s Whiz Kid Pharmacy. Take 1 tablet by mouth EVERY 5 MINUTES to cure FCAT jitters.” and at the bottom said “Ms. (Deborah) Falcon’s authorization required.” The grandmother who raised complaints about this situation said that she was told the teacher wanted to do ‘something special for the kids’ to help ‘mellow them out’. (more…)

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The Livingston County News had a story last week about a police sting throughout the Geneseo community that resulted in twelve violations for fake IDs. The report states that some students could see a police car outside, but decided to try their luck anyway. The sting found a combination of out-of-state and NYS licenses that had been tampered with.

By my estimate, the local police hold such stings anywhere from 2 to 5 or more times a semester. I don’t believe that they hold them when the college is not in full session, although there are plenty of youth that return to the community from their respective colleges during the summer months. According to the article, the sting occurred on Friday 1/29 at Kelly’s, The Vital, The IB, The Statesmen, and Geneseo Sugar Creek liquor store between 9 pm and 2 am.

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The article that I blogged about earlier this week that discussed drug testing in high schools turns out to be part of a series. In the third installment, published yesterday, they spoke with Dave Bender–the director of Compass Mark, the local substance abuse education, prevention, and intervention organization. Bender believes random drug testing “is another example of teaching to a test. If you know what they’re asking, you can pass.”

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Today I came across a story from Lancaster, PA where several schools are implementing random drug testing in their substance abuse prevention efforts. Apparently they’ve been doing this for several years and have caught 36 students with positive test results throughout 5 school districts.

The article doesn’t go into detail about  how the testing is done, how they are randomly chosen, or what the students were under the influence of. These would be issues at the top of my mind:

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