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Village of Oregon WI Police, Oregon WI Fire/EMS District, OregonCARES
How does alcohol and other drug misuse affect your community?
Underage drinking is the most prevalent youth substance use issue in the Oregon, Wisconsin, community. At OregonCARES, we’ve looked at statistics from the Village of Oregon Municipal Court to gauge the local landscape. Teens who use alcohol are more likely to miss school and be cited for truancy; additionally, nearly half of all citations for operating while intoxicated (OWI) were given to drivers under the age of 30. Community leaders, including the town’s chief of police and the Village of Oregon board, are calling for better enforcement of our social host law, increased compliance checks, and more rational use of “Place of Last Drink” data.
What challenge(s) did you face in planning your activity this year?
- Lack of awareness of our event or organization
What are your next steps?
- Host follow-up meetings or activities
- Support new prevention policies, legislation, or social ordinances
- Conduct research efforts to learn more about issues in our community
Which Communities Talk resources (or other SAMHSA resources) were most helpful for your activity?
- StopAlcoholAbuse.gov website
- Communities Talk social media content (e.g., Facebook, Twitter)
- Public Service Announcements
How did a Communities Talk event help you address those issues?
- Mobilized coalition members or other stakeholders
- Educated youth and parents
- Helped plan future prevention efforts
- Raised awareness of substance abuse and/or underage drinking issues in our community
How did your event make an impact on underage drinking in your community?
Our “Safety” Day event enabled us and law enforcement to educate parents and grandparents about where youth and young adults get alcohol and other substances, as well as share steps adults can take to secure substances and prevent underage use in their homes.
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