Thursday, May 17, 2012
Teen substance abuse now is similar to the problems of 1993, when authorities were called to action to combat teen drinking and driving, police said.
A year ago this week Montgomery County was rocked by the loss of three Magruder High School students killed in a drunk driving accident. Now, activists say, it’s time for the community to wake up. The Montgomery County Council of PTAs hosted a community action forum Wednesday, gathering police, community leaders, parents, teachers and students to discuss a growing substance and alcohol abuse problem in Montgomery County. “We are far too overrepresentive of drug and alcohol related tragedies. The number one cause of death continues to be alcohol related crashes and teen driving crashes,” said Captain Thomas Didone, director of the Montgomery County Police Traffic Division. “The summary of what’s going on with underage drinking – we’ve …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Representatives from Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County State's Attorney will answer questions related to teen drinking and substance abuse in Montgomery County.
Do you think teenage drinking is a growing problem in Montgomery County? Is substance abuse getting out of hand? Are you just curious about the issues? Community leaders including police, school principals, representatives from the Montgomery County State's Attorney's office and school board members will come together tonight to present a community action forum on teen drinking and substance abuse. After a presentation from the panel, the floor will be open to questions and discussion about the risks and life impact of teenage substance abuse. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. in the Montgomery County Public Schools Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium located at 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Votes are split are split among Patch users on whether underage drinking parties are a problem in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Patch readers are split on the issue of underage drinking and how alcohol laws should be enforced—or not. In an article last week, which discussed what appears to be a growing trend of underage drinking parties hosted by parents, we asked users what they thought of the problem. Our poll asking if users thought parent-hosted underage alcohol parties were a problem in the area was split nearly 50/50. Forty-seven percent of responders said they knew of at least one parent-hosted underage drinking party, while 48 percent of responders said they weren't aware of such parties being a problem. In the comments, parents, grandparents, teachers and Patch editors weighed in with their opinions. Most agreed that the issue is a flawed…