When OCSAP Coalition Began – Sept.5 2007

Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s campaign against youth alcohol use are coalition members, from left, Deborah Allen, chair; Carole Scheerbaum; Kristen Kroflich, project director; Jill Eddy; Cory Hickman; Russ Taylor; Sharon Parker; Debbie Wood and Judy Kesterson. Standing in the back is Greg Puckett of Mercer County Teen Court. – Photo by Betsy Bethel
A coalition is born.

Out of 55 counties in West Virginia, Ohio County has the third highest percentage of youth who drink alcohol, according to the West Virginia Prevention Resource Network.

In addition: – Half of teens find little harm in drinking beer, – Three-quarters find little harm in drinking wine coolers, and – Roughly two-thirds report easy access to both.

“We want to make sure people know there is a youth alcohol problem in Ohio County and that everyone knows there is something we can do about it,” said Kristen Kroflich, Ohio County project director for the federal Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant, which is helping to fund a campaign against youth alcohol abuse in the county.

The Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition launched the campaign at a luncheon Sept. 5 at Undo’s in Elm Grove, where Kroflich presented the facts, figures and goals. Attending the presentation were officials from various local agencies that make up the coalition, as well as media, law enforcement and prospective coalition members.

This was taken from an article in the Wheeling News Register.

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