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County to address teen alcohol and drug issues

July 3, 2012

Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards, Chair of the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee, will hold a discussion of a proposed “Social Host” local law at the next meeting of the committee.

Current state law prohibits the providing of alcohol to underage individuals. A “social host” law is meant to be broader and addresses the role of parents and guardians in underage drinking by allowing law enforcement officials to act in situations where adults permit underage consumption of alcohol at their property, but may not have provided the alcohol.

District Attorney Jim Farrell has requested that the Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committee discuss the results of teen alcohol and drugs survey that was completed by the Recovery Center. Farrell stated that there are some disturbing findings that need to be addressed. The district attorney and representatives from the Recovery Center will be invited to make a presentation to the legislature on their survey and findings.

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will occur on Tuesday, July 10, 4:30 p.m. in the Legislative Committee Room on the second floor of the Sullivan County Government Center.