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Prevention Team addresses underage drinking

According to data from OASAS, under-age 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 a year for each youth in the state. Youth violence and traffic crashes attributable to alcohol use by under-age youth represent the largest costs for New York State.

The training was supported by OASAS and Enforcement Trainers/Consultants from the Under-age Drinking Enforcement Training Center, under a grant from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program.

This law enforcement training is part of a series of events and awareness-raising initiatives to celebrate The Prevention Team's 25 years serving Essex County families, schools and communities.

For more information contact Doug Terbeek at 585-7424.

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