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Training aimed at thwarting underage drinking

LAKE PLACID - The Prevention Team, in partnership with the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), is sponsoring a training which addresses dealing with false identification and using the cyber world to police underage alcohol issues. While targeting law enforcement and college security professionals, individuals who work in substance abuse prevention or treatment, community coalition members and school administrative personnel will benefit from the training. There is no fee for the training which will be held at the High Peaks Resort, 2234 Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Lunch will be provided.

Underage drinking is a concern nationwide. Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, as well as the need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence. Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence and are two and a half times more likely to become abusers of alcohol than those who begin drinking at age 21.

According to data from OASAS, underage drinking cost the citizens of New York $3.5 billion in 2007. These costs include medical care, work loss, and pain and suffering associated with the multiple problems resulting from the use of alcohol by youth. This translates to a cost of $1,802 per year for each youth in the State. Youth violence and traffic crashes attributable to alcohol use by underage youth represent the largest costs for New York State.

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