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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:02AM

Teens share underage drinking experiences in local forum

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Several students shared experiences with parents, school staff and others at a program last month, opening a dialog between youth and adults to address teen drinking issues.


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Last month, the Drug-Free DeSoto Coalition partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to present the Power of Parents workshop and student forum for the community. The research-based program aimed to educate parents and caregivers on how to effectively communicate with youth in their lives about the dangers of underage drinking.

The presentation began with an informative slide show and narration by Regional MADD Specialist, Monica Johnson. In her visual demonstration, Johnson provided statistics regarding actual teen drinking vs. perceived teen drinking. She shared several personal stories in which friends were severely injured or killed as a result of underage drinking. Following her presentation, Johnson opened the floor to questions and comments from community members.

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