Posts Tagged ‘youth’

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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The Health Care Reform debate is continuing at a steady, although admittedly less intense, pace as people are becoming more vocal about their concerns and want to know more about just how it is going to affect the average American.

I’m curious about what regulations concerning smoking will come out of this process–if there will be new restrictions, new incentives to quit smoking, or nothing at all. Here are some current happenings in the smoking debate: (more…)

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and one of the big ways CASA is promoting smart decision making in Livingston County is through our prom initiatives. Today, students at Geneseo High School had the opportunity to sign Drug Free Pledges before their prom tomorrow evening. Early next week, we’re going to draw one name from the submissions and give a way a 22″ flat screen TV to a student who chose to make safe choices this weekend. (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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I saw a story yesterday from the LA Weekly about an 18-year-old who allegedly approached multiple students in local California elementary schools to get their urine so he could pass a drug screen. He offered two students money, but they both refused, and he tried to get a third to pee in a cup. Apparently being denied once wasn’t enough for this fool, because he tried the scheme again a few days later. He was arrested and is now being held on child annoyance accusations for $150,000 bail.

Seriously? It is sad how stupid this kid has got to be to try this not once but twice. Here’s a novel idea — stop doing drugs so you can pass a test without bothering innocent children.

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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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