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"Project Hope" Aims to Tackle Underage Drinking

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Holiday parties are going into full swing soon. The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation points out that it is also a time where minors are often exposed to alcohol for the first time. That is why the group is launching a campaign called "Project Hope." Organizers of the program are asking parents to be mindful of their children's accessibility to alcohol. Most recently police responded to calls at a house party on Wexford and McArdle two straight weekends. The first weekend, officers issued 52 tickets to minors for underage drinking. The second time police made at least three arrests.

"Parents are off having a good time not being mindful of the kids because they are in the safety of their own home or a relatives home or friends home," said Jesikah Gutierrez with the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation.

Statistics show juvenile alcohol related arrests in Nueces County tower above the state average. Gutierrez added that "Project Hope" also focuses on the prevention of prescription drugs and synthetic marijuana use.

 

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