La Joya,RGV– The Alliance for Drug Abuse Prevention(ADAP) Coalition, a program of Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas, in partnership with La Joya ISD are coming together in an effort to raise awareness regarding the dangers of underage drinking.
The purpose of this Town Hall meeting is to educate the public about consequences of underage drinking that take place in our communities. It is important that communities become better informed about the effects and medical consequences of underage drinking. Research indicates that alcohol use during the teenage years could interfere with normal adolescent brain development and increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder.
In Hidalgo county, underage drinking is unfortunately very common. The average age of initial use among youth is 12 years old. In many cases students have stated that alcohol is obtained from other youth and friends at parties.
During the series of Town Hall meetings, community members will be informed on different topics related to underage drinking. We hope that by being able to educate the community on such sensitive yet important topics, we can work together to make changes for the youth in Hidalgo County, specifically the cities of La Joya and Peñitas.
Due to the importance of underage drinking in our community ADAP and La Joya ISD will continue covering information about underage drinking in a total of three upcoming Town Hall Meetings. March 22th 2016 at the Juarez Lincoln Library, April 5th 2016 at the La Joya High School Library, and April 19th at the Palmview High School Library.
When: Tuesday March 22, 2016
Where: Juarez Lincoln Library
7801 W Mile 7 Rd, Mission, TX 78574