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Parsons Police, Labette County Substance Abuse Task Force Launch Teen Thinking Program to curb alcohol and drug use

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF PARSONS

PARSONS, KS — The Parsons Police Department in partnership with the Labette County Substance Abuse Task Force is kicking off a Teen Thinking Campaign. This campaign is geared toward educating parents about the issues that face their teens, and for the teens themselves to stop and think about the consequences of underage drug and alcohol use.

“The anti-drug and underage drinking campaign will kick-off in just in time for prom season and will conclude near the end of September,” said Parsons Police Chief Scott Gofourth. “The program will begin to address questions parents may have regarding binge drinking, social media, prescription drug use and the challenges teens face in Labette County today.”

In addition to the advertising campaign, a social media workshop for parents (details to be announced at a later date) is planned as part of this project.

The Teen Thinking campaign is being funded by a 2014 mini-grant through the Kansas Department of Disability and Aging Services (KDADS), and will cover the cost of the two initiatives.

“Most alcohol-related deaths among teens are not due to traffic accidents, but to homicide, suicide, poisoning, burns, and drowning. Across the country nearly 180,000 kids visit the emergency room each year due to alcohol-related problems,” said Gofourth. “Let’s make a positive change for the future of our community.”

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