(Buckeye, Ariz.) – On Wednesday, March 7 the Way Out West (WOW) Coalition, which is the result of a collaborative project through DrugFreeAZ.org and Youth Evaluation and Treatment Centers (YETC), partnered with local youth to promote Buckeye’s new Social Host Ordinance, in which adults can be held responsible for providing alcohol to minors, through their annual Sticker Shock campaign.
“[Sticker Shock was fun] because you got to have the experience of feeling like you are changing the world for the better,” said Sharon Schultze, a local Buckeye student.
Local youth and volunteers from the Wow Coalition’s Peer Leadership Program visited 16 popular venues throughout the Buckeye area and passed out stickers that read “Those who host lose the most: Prevent, don’t provide, alcohol to anyone under 21.” Businesses that are participating include: Argento's Pizza, Big K Market, Carniceria Y Taqueria Market, Chevron (Miller and Monrow locations), Colvert Shell Mini Mart, Halftime Sports Bar & Grill, La Placita, Millstone Café, Shamrock Buckeye Gas & Food, Sundance Golf Club, Walgreens (intersection of Watson and Yuma location) and Wild West Cowboy Steakhouse.
“We are so thankful that these businesses are helping to raise awareness,” said Leslie Bloom, CEO of DrugFreeAz.org. “Even more important than adults being aware they could be held legally responsible for providing alcohol to minors is the fact that alcohol consumption is the number one killer of teens today. A lot of those deaths happened because an adult let it happen.”
Eighty-two percent of youth in Buckeye report underage drinking by the time they graduate high school and many underage drinkers are getting their alcohol from adult family members (19%), at home (22%) and through other adults (30%).
“Family conversation is good because it helps unite the family and it lets the children feel better about opening up to their parents; to feel they can tell their parents anything,” said local Buckeye student Alyssa Caron.
Materials distributed during the Sticker Shock Campaign included both English and Spanish language posters, postcards, magnets and table tents.
The Buckeye Police department’s Party Patrol continues to be out in the community and responding to calls. If you suspect an underage drinking party is happening in your neighborhood, please call the Buckeye Police Department’s main line at (623) 349-6400.
For more information on the WOW Coalition, or to schedule interviews with Peer Leadership Coordinator Jillian Laham or students from the Peer Leadership Program contact JLaham@youthetc.org or call (623) 349-1301.
About Way Out West (WOW) Coalition:
The Way Out West (WOW) Coalition was created in Buckeye by DrugFreeAZ.org and Youth Evaluation and Treatment Centers (YETC) as part of its Community Alliance Program. WOW exists to create a safe, unified, drug-free community in the greater Buckeye Valley. WOW’s strength comes from the diversity of its members from all sectors of our community, from business, healthcare, law enforcement and education to parents and community members and leaders. This project has been funded in part by Magellan Health Services of Arizona through an agreement with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services.
DrugFreeAz.org - The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate is a 501(c) (3) non-profit statewide organization with a volunteer board of directors. Our mission is to prevent and reduce youth drug and alcohol use through community education and awareness by providing parents, caregivers, healthcare providers, educators and others with educational tools, information and resources.