RENO — ACCEPT, in collaboration with the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, will hold a town hall meeting with students, parents and educators on April 25 to discuss underage drinking substance abuse prevention.
Underage drinking is a pressing public health concern that affects the health and well-being of our nation’s youth, their families and our community. In 2010, about 10 million, or one in every four, 12- to 20-year-olds reported using alcohol during the previous month, although it is illegal for them to do so.
According to the study “Minorities & Substance Abuse in Nevada,” 70.4 percent of Hispanics, 58.5 percent of whites, 56.8 percent of African Americans and 47.3 percent of Native Americans ages 12 to 20 reported binge drinking in the past 30 days.
The 2011 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey for Middle School Students stated the following:
• 41 percent of students have consumed alcohol
• 7.1 percent have smoked in the last 30 days
• 17.5 percent have used marijuana
• 10.1 percent tried marijuana before age 13
Traner students will hear from youths in recovery, members of the Reno Police Department, Transformations Therapy and Kevin Quint of Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN). Materials to support prevention of underage drinking will be provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Traner Middle School Cafeteria, 1700 Carville Dr. in Reno.
For more information, contact Gwen Taylor, executive director of ACCEPT, at 786-5886 or visit www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings.