Law enforcement looks to crush substance abuse

"In the cases we deal with, people say they started drinking or using drugs when they were 15, 16 years old," the DA said. "I have not read any probation reports that said they started drinking when they were 21."

Students from the Ticonderoga High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter attended, sweeping up the broken drug paraphernalia after it was crushed.

Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick lauded the "Safe Stores" campaign.

"We're on the cutting edge in Ticonderoga," he said. "We're directly attacking the problem (of under-age drinking) facing Ticonderoga. We're sending a message to our entire county and state."

Randy Bevins, a Ticonderoga Police Department officer and CYC member, explained the "Safe Stores" campaign asks local retailers not to sell alcohol of people younger than age 21 and not to sell any item related to marijuana - items such as bong.

"These colorful glass products are lawful to sell, however, they are most often used for the purpose of smoking marijuana," Bevins noted. "It's unlikely that the stores will stop someone from smoking marijuana by not offering these products for sale, but reducing the appeal and limiting access to drug paraphernalia is part of the environmental change needed to reduce drug use."

He also asked stores to participate in the CYC "Sticker Shock" effort that places brightly-colored stickers to beer cartons. The stickers detail the repercussions of providing alcohol to minors. All Ticonderoga stores have participated in each sticker shock program in the past.

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