RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention (IFP) and the DART Prevention
Coalition are hosting a Community Awareness Night on the dangers and legal
consequences of underage drinking on
Thursday, October 6 from
6 to 8 pm at New Egypt High School.
Participants will learn about the
Parents Who Host Lose the Most Campaign and New Egypt’s Private Property Ordinance, which prohibits the
possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage persons
on private property. The Plumsted Police Department and Rory Wells, from
the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, will present the latest statistics
and discuss the drug epidemic in Ocean County.
Jenna Reidy, who has been in recovery from substance abuse disorder for
eight years, will share her story and offer a message of recovery. She
is a Recovery Specialist for the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program in Monmouth
and Ocean counties and is committed to helping others find treatment and
regain their lives.
By age 17, nearly half of teens have been to parties where they are drinking
alcohol, smoking marijuana, or using cocaine, ecstasy or prescription
drugs while a parent was present, according to a survey by the National
Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. In New
Jersey, parents who allow individuals under the age of 21 to drink alcohol,
besides their own child, can be prosecuted. They may face up to six months
in jail, a $1,000 fine, loss of property and civil liability.
At least six young people under the age of 21 die each day as a result
of non-driving alcohol-related causes, such as homicide, suicide and drowning,
according to the Centers for Disease Control. “Parents often believe
that they are keeping their children safe by allowing them to experiment
with illegal substances under their supervision,” said Jennifer
M. Marziale, Director of Research & Evaluation at IFP. “However,
they are putting them in great danger and are putting themselves at risk
to lose the most.”
The Community Awareness Event will be held at New Egypt High School located
at 117 Ever Green Road in New Egypt. Both parents and students are welcome
to attend. Pre-registration is requested by calling 732-886-4757.