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underage drinking & youth substance use

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SPRING 2022 E-newsletter

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Why Choice & Policy Matters to our Health

This month, PACT and our local coalitions, are promoting awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of effective alcohol policies.

When it comes to our health, nearly half of all cancer deaths in the United States are attributable to modifiable risk factors, such as environmental conditions and/or life choices, including alcohol consumption. According to the American Cancer Society, alcohol increases the risk for developing seven types of cancer: mouth, throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), esophagus, liver, colon/rectum, and female breast cancer. The more you drink, the higher your risk of cancer.

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The good news is that states with strong alcohol policy safeguards tend to have fewer alcohol-related cancer deaths, among other negative outcomes, according the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Safeguards like limited hours and days of sales, increases in price, and government control over the sale of alcohol - all have positive and protective results for the larger community.

PACT continues to provide businesses that serve and sell alcohol FREE TIPS training. Our NEW eTIPS PASSPORT Program (Training Intervention ProcedureS), is a FREE self-paced innovative approach available on-line to businesses, bartenders, wait-staff and store employees in Farmingdale, Levittown and the Massapequas. eTIPS is an approved alcohol training awareness program by the New York State Liquor Authority. PACT continues to offer the skills-based TIPS training virtually and in-person. The training is designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking. 

For more information about TIPS, contact Kathleen Coletta, LCSW-R,

(516) 799-3203 x127 or email

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Binge Drinking & College Students

The opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities across our country and Long Island, and college students have not been spared. One in seven college students have misused a prescription drug during the past year (SAMHSA). These high rates of opioid use among college-aged youth have led to rising death rates, and in 2018, more than 3,600 Americans under 25 died from a fatal overdose.[1]

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Health experts from the CDC have documented that more than half of those who misuse prescription opioids engage in binge drinking.[2]

With almost 55% of college students ages 18-22 reporting drinking alcohol in the past month and one third of them engaging in binge drinking.

Mixing alcohol and opioids is a serious health concern among college students.[3]

College communities can look to the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (College AIM), created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, to help colleges, and their communities identify and implement effective alcohol interventions. This includes looking at the alcohol policy environment around a college campus, from hours and days of alcohol sales to the number of alcohol outlets near a college campus. This tool is easy to use and critical to change the drinking culture on many college campuses that continues to persist

In-Person BASICS TRAINING: Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention of College Students

Click Here for Flyer

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NYS Office of Cannabis Management Cannabis Conversations

The New York Office of Cannabis Management has established the new Cannabis Conversations webpage to help New Yorkers understand the facts on the Cannabis Law, important health and safety information, and the economics of the new law.

As we move away from what is now referred to as prohibition to adult recreational use, parents, teens and community residents should stay informed on the aspects of the new law and its implications to our children's health, our communities' safety (driving impaired on cannabis) and quality of life (public use of cannabis). Click here for the NYS OCM's new public service announcement.

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Support Our Community Coalitions

Drug Take Backs

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Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force hosts

Communication in Prevention

Click here for Flyer

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YES Community Counseling Center PACT Initiative

152 Center Lane

Levittown, NY 11756

516-799-3203 EXT:131

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YES Community Counseling Center's PACT initiative seeks to prevent and reduce youth (ages 9-20) underage drinking and substance use. Working with our partners, we develop strategies to change the environment by which youth substance use exists. Funding for this website was made possible by Grant 5H79SP081365 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The information expressed on this website does not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of the trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.