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Sticker Shock 2017

   The Substance Abuse Committee of the Smithtown Youth and Community Alliance in collaboration with Horizons Counseling and Education Center and Smithtown Youth Bureau implemented their second "Sticker Shock" event on May 12, 2017.

    Ten student volunteers and 4 adult volunteers placed prevention messaging stickers on alcoholic beverage cases at Uncle Giuseppe's Supermarket and Bullseye Beverage in Smithtown.

     In total, 1,100 stickers were strategically placed to educate community members.  The prevention messaging stickers read: "Your Actions Matter!  Preventing underage drinking is everyone's responsibility."  The goal is to bring attention and awareness to the dangers of underage drinking and the legal ramifications for serving alcohol to minors.

    We are so proud of our volunteers for their hard work during he event and at the planning meeting.  We want to thank our adult volunteers from: Kings Park in the kNOw, St. Catherine's of Sienna Hospital, Long Island Prevention Resource Center, Suffolk County Police Department, and the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force for their assistance.  We also want to give a BIG shout out to Uncle Giuseppe's and Bullseye Beverage for believing in our message and jumping on board in such a supportive way.

Student volunteers at Uncle Giuseppe's with Suffolk County Police


Alcoholic Beverages with Prevention Messaging Stickers

We Don’t Serve Teens

Horizons Counseling and Education Center and the Youth Bureau collaborated on our second “We Don’t Serve Teens” event during Smithtown’s annual street festival on June 4th. Eleven youth volunteers walked around Main Street and educated adults on the Suffolk County Police Department’s “Cancel the Keg” hotline. The police hotline was launched to help deter underage drinking parties. If anyone is aware of an underage drinking party they can call (631)852-KEGS and an officer will go to the house and speak with an adult about the Social Host Law. A total of 377 adults signed a pledge that they would not serve alcohol to minors. Our youth volunteers also distributed information on the Medication Drop-off locations in the township. Properly disposing of unused or expired medication helps get them off of the streets and less likely into a young person’s hand.    

The goal of this youth empowerment event was to bring attention and awareness to the dangers of underage drinking, the legal ramifications for serving alcohol to minors, and the secure way to dispose of prescription medication. By engaging the community through activism and education community standards, social norms, and attitudes will influence change and keep our young people safe.

Thank you to the following young people for their hard work and dedication: Jonathan Pofcher; Rocco Campanelli; Brandon Malenitza; Chris Pollina; Jackson McFadyen; Justin Harvey; Nick Harvey; Janet Liu, Alice Liu; Carissa Philips; and Ryan Philips.

DontServeTeens.gov is a Federal Trade Commission led campaign to reduce underage drinking, providing information in English and Spanish about the rates and risks of teen drinking, links to state alcohol laws, tips on how to talk to friends and neighbors about serving alcohol to teens, and free downloadable artwork and media materials that organizations can use in their communities. 

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