Providence Looking For Solutions To Underage Drinking

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Underage drinking is a problem facing many Alaskacommunities, especially in rural parts of the state.

Ken McCarty is director of Kodiak’s Providence Safe Harbor office.

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Safe Harbor is sponsoring a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss the issue with parents and educators. Titled “Lets Start Talking Before They Start Drinking,” McCarty says the town hall meetings are part of a nationwide effort to increase understanding and awareness of underage drinking and its consequences.

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McCarty says in the past most of the focus has been on treatment and recovery, but that’s starting to change more toward prevention.

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He says he’s really hoping that parents will show up to brainstorm possible solutions and share some of their own experiences.

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Wednesday’s town hall meeting, “Let’s Start Talking Before They Start Drinking,” will take place at the Kodiak High School commons, starting at 7 p.m.

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