Town Hall Meetings to Confront Underage Drinking in Maine Communities.
In around 30 rural and urban Maine communities, representing every county in the state, residents will come together to learn more about the latest research on the impact of underage drinking on both individuals and the community, and to discuss how their community can best prevent underage alcohol use by reducing demand, availability and access. Governor John Baldacci and first lady Karen Baldacci are featured in a video to be played at each town hall meeting; Mrs. Baldacci will speak at several meetings across the state. Other state and local officials, parents and youth will join community leaders and organizations (spanning health, education, law enforcement, highway safety, and alcohol control) across the state to encourage parents to talk with their children early and often about the negative effects of alcohol.
Research shows that parents of teens generally underestimate the extent of alcohol used by youth and its negative consequences, with parents viewing underage drinking as "inevitable." According to the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 10.8 million underage persons ages 12 to 20 (28.7 percent) reported current alcohol use. Of these underage drinkers, 4.4 million were ages 12-17. Approximately 11.1 percent of 12-year-olds reported using alcohol at least once in their lifetimes. By age 13 the percentage doubles, and by age 15 it is over 50 percent. Teens use alcohol more frequently than all illicit drugs combined. In addition to its negative impact on health, alcohol use among youth is strongly correlated with violence, risky sexual behavior, poor academic performance, alcohol-related driving incidents, and other harmful behaviors. In fact, alcohol is responsible for six times the number of youth deaths than can be attributed to all other drugs combined.
The town hall meetings will feature recently released public service announcements, developed in collaboration with the Ad Council, that bear the theme "Start talking before they start drinking". Other first ladies will participate in town hall meetings in Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
More detailed information about date, time and location of town hall meetings around Maine is appended. To learn about town hall meetings elsewhere across the country, see the Stop Underage Drinking federal partners website: http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/; click on "town hall locations" and click on any state for town hall information.
SAMHSA, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States.
Town hall meetings are sponsored by the Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking, which includes the Administration for Children and Families, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Trade Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Office of the Surgeon General, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Organizations Conducting Underage Drinking Prevention Town Hall Meetings
[This list includes Town Hall meetings reported as of 3/20/06 and, thus, may
not be a complete list] Augusta, Maine Organization Name: Maine Association of Prevention Programs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 8 Mulliken Court Bath, Maine Organization Name: United Way of Midcoast Maine Email: email@example.com Address: 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Suite 201 Location: Mt. Ararat High School Address: 73 Eagles Way City: Topsham Date: 2/28/2006 Town Hall leader: Peter Lindsay, United Way Director of Community Impact Town Hall leader: Mary Herman, Former First Lady of Maine Belfast, Maine Organization Name: Waldo County Preschool & Family Services Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 5 Stephenson Lane Location: University Of Maine Hutchinson Center Address: 80 Belmont Ave City: Belfast Date: 03/23/06 Town Hall leader: Patrick Walsh, Program Director Bridgton, Maine Organization Name: Bridgton Community Center Email: email@example.com Address: 15 Depot Street Calais, Maine Organization Name: NADA - Neighbors Against Drug Abuse Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 587 Main Street Caribou, Maine Organization Name: Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp Email: email@example.com Address: P.O. Box 1018 Location: Madawaska Elementary School Address: 11th Ave City: Madawaska Date: 04/04/06 Town Hall leader: Frances Gendreau, Program Evaluator Dover-Foxcroft, Maine Organization Name: CHCS Children's Services Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 1098 West Main St. Lewiston, Maine Organization Name: Healthy Androscoggin Email: email@example.com Address: 76 High St., Suite 303 Lincoln, Maine Organization Name: Penobscot Valley Hospital Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: P.O. Box 368 Littleton, Maine Organization Name: Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Email: email@example.com Address: 88 Bell Road, Suite 2 Lubec, Maine Organization Name: Coalition for Healthy Tomorrows Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Regional Medical Center at Lubec, 43 South Lubec Rd. Location: Carter's Banquet Hall Address: 26 East Maine Street City: Machias Date: 04/11/2006 Event Time: 6:30 PM Town Hall leader: Donald Hallcom, Director of Community Services, RMCL Millinocket, Maine Organization Name: Katahdin Area Partnership Email: email@example.com Address: 125 Connecticut Avenue Location: St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church Address: Colby Street City: Millinocket Date: 3/23/06 Event Time: 6:00 PM Town Hall leader: Jen Olsen, Project Coordinator Newcastle, Maine Organization Name: Youth Promise Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: P.O. Box 721 Norway, Maine Organization Name: Healthy Oxford Hills Email: email@example.com Address: 181 Main Street Old Orchard Beach, Maine Organization Name: Old Orchard Beach Communities for Children Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Old Orchard Beach H.S., 40 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd. Old Town, Maine Organization Name: River Coalition Email: email@example.com Address: 240 Main Street Pittsfield, Maine Organization Name: Sebasticook Valley Hospital Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 99 Grove Street Poland, Maine Organization Name: Community Concepts Email: email@example.com Address: 43 Herrick Valley Rd Location: Poland Regional High School, Cafe Address: 1457 Maine St City: Poland Date: 03/23/2006 Event Time: 5:30 PM Town Hall leader: Lynley Turkington, Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor Portland, Maine Organization Name: Communities Promoting Health Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: PROP, 510 Cumberland Ave. Organization Name: Portland CMCA Email: email@example.com Address: 583 Forest Ave. Location: Merrill Rehearsal Hall Address: Myrtle Street City: Portland Date: 03/29/2006 Town Hall leader: Erica Schmitz, Coordinator, Portland CMCA Coalition Readfield, Maine Organization Name: Maranacook Community Schools Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 45 Millard Harrison Drive Location: Maranacook High School student center Address: Millard Harrison Dr. City: Readfield Date: 03/06/2006 Event Time: 07:00 PM Town Hall leader: Lori Putnam, HS Principal Rockport, Maine Organization Name: Knox County Coalition Against Tobacco Email: email@example.com Address: 280 West Street Location: Rockland District High School Auditorium Address: 400 Broadway City: Rockland Date: 3/15/2006 Event Time: 5:30-8:00 PM Town Hall leader: Steve Rowe, Attorney General Town Hall leader: Mary Herman, Former First Lady of Maine South Portland, Maine Organization Name: South Portland School Department, Attn: Suzanne Godin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 130 Wescott Street Van Buren, Maine Organization Name: Power of Prevention/Cary Medical Center Email: email@example.com Address: 4 Main Street Location: Van Buren District Secondary School Address: 169 Main St. City: Van Buren Date: 04/20/2005 Event Time: 7:00 pm Town Hall leader: Debbie Eustis-Grandy, School Health Coordinator Waterville, Maine Organization Name: Greater Waterville Prevention Coalition Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 14 Common St. Westbrook, Maine Organization Name: Westbrook School Department Email: email@example.com Address: 117 Stroudwater Street York, Maine Organization Name: Keys of Promise Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: c/o York Hospital, 15 Hospital Dr.
CONTACT: SAMHSA Press, +1-240-276-2130
Web site: http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/ http://www.samhsa.gov/
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