This Morning: Jackson County launches “Prom Sticker Shock” initiative

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Jackson County’s Most Teen Don’t (MTD) Ambassadors and Drug Free Jackson (DFJ) are working together with local alcohol retailers to create a safer, healthier county by addressing underage drinking.

According to the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey (MiPHY) data, the number one drug of choice by teens in Jackson County is alcohol; 57% say it is easy or very easy to get alcohol, 41% report getting alcohol by someone giving it to them, and 59% say they usually drink alcohol at another person’s home.

To combat this issue, MTD ‘Ambassadors’ and DFJ are working with county alcohol retailers to implement Prom Sticker Shock, an initiative to help educate the public and change attitudes about selling and serving alcohol to anyone under 21. Funding for this project is provided through the Drug Free Communities Grant and Mid-State Health Network.

Eight-teen alcohol retailers around participating Most Teens Don’t schools have agreed to participate in this event. Green stickers with warnings about furnishing alcohol to minors will be placed on alcohol products and refrigerator doors accompanied by posters. The project will kick off on Monday, April 22nd and conclude on Friday, May 3rd. Participating Schools include: Columbia Central Junior High School, Grass Lake Middle School, Middle School at Parkside, Vandercook Lake Middle School, and Western High School.

Most Teens Don’t brings teens, schools, parents and community resources together across Jackson County to help our youth lead healthy lives and resist dangerous behaviors and drug use. It is a youth social norming campaign that began in 2009. Its current membership is approximately 250 students throughout 10 schools.

Parents, school officials or Jackson teens interested in the campaign can contact Emma Sigman at (517) 205-3782. For more information about the event, contact Emma at the same number. To contact her during the prom sticker shock event please call (517) 230-4690

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