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Underage drinking targeted

Underage drinking targeted
In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the Obion County Prevention Coalition is conducting a town hall meeting to discuss what can be done to prevent and reduce underage drinking.
The purpose of the meeting is to raise awareness of the public health dangers of underage drinking and to provide families and communities with practical steps for steering youth away from it. The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom at the Union City Municipal Building.
Speakers for the meeting will be B. Michael Hoffman, director of Behavioral Health Services and clinical therapist at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, who will be sharing information of the physiological and social consequences of underage drinking; Jeff Ross, EMT with Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, who will speak about his experiences as an EMT with regard to alcohol-related accidents involving underage youth; Union City Police Chief Joe Garner, who will present information regarding the Social Host Law and our local law enforcement’s commitment to enforce this law.
“The coalition and our members would like to encourage you to come, bring your student and take this opportunity to learn about a danger that is affecting the youth of our community,” a spokesman said.
 This event is a rescheduled session because of earlier conflicts over meeting location. Published in The Messenger 4.25.12

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