Our Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) is made up of high school students from Cedar Ridge and Orange High who are committed to doing their part to reduce youth alcohol and substance abuse in Hillsborough and rural Orange County. These young people educate their peers about the downsides of using drugs and alcohol but more importantly make real change to local policy, availability and how our community views underage drinking and drug use. Check out some of the things they do!
Alcopops are sweet, often fruit-flavored or fizzy alcoholic drinks. Some even contain up to 12% alcohol and 5 standard alcoholic drinks per can! Alcopops can easily be confused with soda or energy drinks, especially for busy parents or store clerks. Primarily consumed by young people, alcopops are the industry's targeted transition beverage for youth, especially teenage girls.
ADAPT brings awareness to these dangerous products, as well as consequences for providing alcohol to youth, by canvassing a store’s alcohol products with stickers.
Can you tell which of these beverages is alcoholic? If you are attentive, you can see the word "ale" and the alcohol by volume disclosure on the can on the right, but packaging design makes both these beverages look like sweet fruity drinks.
ADAPT members assess retail environments for responsible alcohol sales practices, such as placing alcohol away from popular beverages for kids, promoting no-alcohol alternatives, and posting warnings that IDs will be checked. If there is room for improvement with these and other safety measures, members share that with store managers and/or owners. Members place stickers like the ones below on alcoholic drinks.
Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth sends a youthful looking adult (21+) into a local store to purchase alcohol without his or her ID. These are not law enforcement operations. We use this process to track trends and offer support and training on how to routinely check IDs and avoid selling alcohol to underage individuals.
After Orange Partnership staff has conducted a survey at a local store, ADAPT members join those adults and other coalition members to thank retailers for checking identification or offer additional support to further improve their alcohol sales compliance.
ADAPT members raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and substance abuse with other students, key community leaders, and members through a variety of events, presentations and media.
ADAPT members and Partnership staff talk to community members at Last Fridays about the dangers of alcopops.
Orange High School students proudly list things of which they are Above The Influence.
Red Ribbon Week 2013: ADAPT members get specific about how youth and adults can prevent underage drinking during Red Ribbon Week.
Using the Status Update campaign, ADAPT members share the reality that most youth are making healthy choices by correcting misperceptions among their peers about alcohol and drug use.
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The Safe Homes Network is a community of parents and other adults who have pledged NOT to provide alcohol, tobacco or other drugs to youth. They are promising to make reasonable efforts to ensure that youth are not obtaining or using these substances in their home or on their property.
The partnership gives network members a directory of others who have signed the pledge. We will also keep members
up-to date on the issue of youth substance abuse through a bi-annual e-newsletter where you can learn how to encourage others to join our efforts. Click the button below to join the Safe Homes Network. For more information, contact Gayane Chambless at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out the conversation on our Facebook page.