The Commack Coalition of
Caring, through a dedicated group of parents, school professionals, experts
in substance abuse, and community leaders, will be concerned with the
development of the whole child in helping to prevent substance use and
abuse. The Coalition recognizes the important influences of the
child's environment and is focused on interventions beyond the school
“Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”– Margaret Mead
County Fatherhood Initiative
Parent Resource Guide
Prom & Grad Drinking & Driving
2011Red Ribbon Race Results &
Social Host Law
Commack Antiviolence Initiative Day Pics/Video
Safety Tips from the SCPD
This is Your Brain on Drugs
White House Urges
Parents to Take Action to Prevent Youth Drug Use
from the Parent Academy
Risk & Protective
for Behavior Factors in Youth
Prescription Drug Abuse
What is it? How can we prevent it?
for SCPD's Prescription Medication "Safe Drop Off" Program
Commack High School
1 Scholar Lane
Commack NY 11725
5K Run/Walk Photos
PARENTS WHO HOST LOSE THE MOST
Press Release & Board of Education
Alcohol is the leading drug
problem among youth
Parents Play a Role in Access and Availability
and 63% of teens believe that it is generally easy for
underage youth to obtain alcohol.
31% of youth reported they obtain alcohol from their
parents, and 27% reported that they obtain alcohol from
55.9% of current drinkers aged 12 to 20 reported that their
last use of alcohol in the past month occurred in someone
else’s home. And 29.2% reported that it had occurred in
their own home.
parents and teens surveyed indicated they know of parents
who host teen alcohol parties.
teens attended a party where alcohol was served to underage
youth in the past two months. Of those youth, 12% reported
that they drank alcohol at the party.
youth maintained that they drank alcohol at the party or
they would have drunk if they had attended a party.
drink less and have fewer alcohol-related problems when
their parents discipline them consistently and set clear
is Associated with Risky Behavior
Alcohol use by teens has been linked to delinquent
behaviors, including stealing, illicit drug use and problems
at home and at school.
Underage drinking is the leading contributor of death from
injuries. Annually, about 5,000 people under 21 die from
Underage drinking plays a significant role in increased
sexual behavior, including unwanted, unintended and
unprotected sexual activity, and sex with multiple partners.
study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 23% (5.6
million) of sexually active teens and young adults ages
15-24 in the United States reported having had unprotected
sex because they were drinking or using drugs at the time.
Twenty-four percent of teens ages 15-17 said that their
alcohol and drug use led them to do more sexually than they
girls who binge drink are 63% more likely to get pregnant
while in their teen years.
estimated 7.2 % of 16 or 17 year olds and 16.7 % of 18 to 20
year olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in
the past year.
Consequences of Underage Drinking are Real and Tragic
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4,554 underage deaths each
year are due to excessive alcohol use.
Youth who drink alcohol are more
likely to experience physical problems including hangovers,
illness and alcohol poisoning, memory problems, disruption
of normal growth and sexual development, among others
young people, binge drinkers and heavy drinkers are more
than twice as likely as non-drinkers to report having
attempted to injure themselves or having contemplated or
attempted to commit suicide.
Youth who begin drinking before
age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol
dependence or abuse alcohol later in life, than those who
begin drinking at or after age 21.
When drinking is delayed until
age 21, a child’s risk of serious alcohol problems is
decreased by 70 percent.
Studies reveal that alcohol
consumption by adolescents results in brain damage -possibly
permanent -and impairs intellectual development.
Studies suggest that alcohol use prior to age 21 impairs
crucial aspects of youthful brain functioning. In one recent
study, heavy-drinking adolescents who had been sober for
three weeks still scored 10 percent lower than non-drinking
peers on tests requiring verbal and nonverbal recall and
skills needed for map reading, geometry, and science.
study that followed over 6,500 individuals found that, by
the age of 23, those who were drinkers by seventh grade
more likely than
non-drinkers to have "missed work for no good reason,"
more likely to be
more likely to engage in
criminal and violent behavior, and
Between 1.7 and 2.3 times more likely to be weekly or binge
drinkers, exhibit signs of alcohol dependence, and
John Kelly, Ph.D.,
Mary Jo Masciello
Laura Anne Weiss
CHS Conference Room at 1:00pm
Building Positive Futures:
Communities that Care:
“When Drugs Work, Your Child Can’t,”
focuses on the impact of occasional use of drugs and alcohol upon
academic performance, athletic ability, socialization, and family
Click here to view the presentation with the results of the NYS Youth
Development Survey (Commack)