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Training session seeks solution to underage drinking
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Training session seeks solution to underage drinking

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Law enforcement, court professionals, campus administrators and policy makers across Georgia are called to attend a one-day training event to seek a solution to the growing problem of underage drinking.

Supported by consultants from the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) under a grant from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, participants will come together to develop a roadmap for improvement to the campus and community response to this issue.

"Underage drinking is a serious problem that we cannot ignore," said Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. "We must continue to explore ways to prevent teenage alcohol abuse because the cost to our young people and community is too high to overlook. Forums that bring together community leaders and stakeholders to share ideas and discuss best practices are key to solving the problem."

The forum will be on Monday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kennesaw State University (1000 Chastain Road, 30144). Lunch will be provided.

Participants are asked to register before Friday, June 10.

The UDETC and the Marietta-based Cobb Alcohol Taskforce have joined together to present this unique training opportunity to professionals who are in key positions to address the complex problem of underage drinking in Georgia.

Impacts to the justice system are significant, as noted by the fact that 60 percent of youth in the U.S. Justice System were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their arrest, according to the National Institute of Justice.

"That's why we decided to convene this particular stakeholder group for this special event," said Cathy Finck, coordinator of the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce.

Registration for the forum can be completed through the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce.

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