July 4, 2022

Where’s the Party? Collaborative Initiative to Address Underage Drinking

Resident Troopers from the towns of Essex, Chester, and Deep River, Kerry Taylor, Matt Ewing and Christopher Cope are working collaboratively with Tri-Town Youth Services to identify and intervene in underage drinking situations through Party Patrols and Party Dispersals.

“We want to educate both youth and their families about the serious consequences of underage drinking situations happening right in our backyards,” Gail Onofrio, Executive Director of Tri-Town Youth Services said. “We recognize that through education and prevention, we can prevent a tragedy from happening in our communities.”

The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that over half (55.9%) of current drinkers from ages 12 to 20 had used alcohol in the past month in someone else’s home, with 29.2 percent stating that it had occurred in their own home. Close to 70 percent of those interviewed did not pay for alcohol the last time they drank, but cited unrelated people 21 or older, parents, guardians, and other adult family members as main sources.*

This initiative has been funded through the Drug Free communities Program, directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It provides grants of up to $125,000 to community coalitions that encourage citizens to prevent youth substance abuse. For more information or to report underage drinking, drug use or other suspicious activities anonymously please call the Tri-Town TIPLINE at 860-767-4340 x130.

* Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National Findings.