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Keeping Teens Away from Drugs & Alcohol over the Holidays

Keeping Teens Away from Drugs & Alcohol over the Holidays

While Christmas is a time for family, our teens will likely want to spend some time during the holidays with friends.  But how do you know if your kid is safe at that party?

Jeff Kadel is the Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition.  He says "It's your right as a parent to ask...who's going? Where is it?  When is it?  Will the parents be home? Is alcohol going to be served?"

If you're hosting a party that teens will be attending, there are some steps you should be taking:

Lock up any alcohol not being made available at the party.

Take an inventory of the alcohol that is available and check the levels from time to time.

More tips for parties with or without teens attending:

Lock up your medicine cabinet or purchase a medication lock-box, because people will be using the bathroom and you don't want them to have access to your meds.

Stop serving an hour before the party is scheduled to end and offer some desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

Name some attendees who won't be drinking as "designated drivers".

Have the number for a taxi service available.

AAA's "Tow to Go" program will be in effect from Friday throught New Year's Eve.  Click Here for more information on that. 

Call 1-877-MEANS-21 to report underaged drinking.

Click Here for more holiday party tips from the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition.

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