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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 25, 2017

Alcohol task force stresses alcohol-free prom season

Apr 18, 2017

The Jefferson County Alcohol Consumption Task Force wants to remind adults about the danger of supplying alcohol to minors.

In a press release issued Monday, the task force commented: “Another school year is quickly coming to an end. This month, students everywhere will celebrate prom. There are many customs and traditions that go along with prom.  Let’s make sure that underage alcohol use is not one of them.”

The report highlights that underage drinking is a particular problem for Jefferson County, where teens report using alcohol at a rate higher than the state average.

“Almost half of all Jefferson County high school students surveyed in the most recent Iowa Youth Survey said that it was very easy to get alcohol,” read the press release. “In addition, approximately one in every 10 high school students said that most adults in their community didn’t believe it was wrong for teens to drink alcohol.    That perception is supported by the fact that one of the most common sources of alcohol for teens in Jefferson County is from adults.”

The task force emplores adults to change their attitude about teenage drinking, saying everyone is responsible for making sure this prom season is safe, memorable and alcohol-free.

“The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Fairfield Police Department, and the Jefferson County Alcohol Consumption Task Force remind everyone that it is illegal for anyone to host a group of people who are drinking underage,” read the release. “There is no such thing as providing a safe environment for underage drinking parties.”

Law enforcement will be looking for underage drinking as well as any violations of the Iowa Social Host statute and the Jefferson County Social Host Ordinance.

Anyone who suspects an underage party is occurring is encouraged to make a report to the Jefferson County Law Center.

“Please make good decisions and celebrate safely this prom. Don’t be a party to underage drinking,” concluded the press release.

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