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Whereas Curry County 6th, 8th and 11th grade students outperformed other Oregon high-school students in all five categories of drug and alcohol use according to the 2010 Oregon Wellness Student Survey except in the category of the use of marijuana where only 11% of 8th graders said they used it in the past 30 days

Substance Use in the Past 30 Days

6th Grade
8th Grade
11th Grade

Curry
State
Curry
State
Curry
State

Had at least one drink of alcohol

10.5
8.1
23.1
22.5
41.4
36.3

Had 5+ drinks of alcohol within a couple of hours (binge)

4.0
2.0
9.5
8.9
28.2
21.0

Used marijuana

4.0
2.2
11.0
12.2
25.0
23.7

Sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or any paints or sprays to get high

10.4
6.5
6.2
5.9
3.7
2.3

Used prescription drugs (w/o a doctor's orders) to get high

NA
NA
4.8
3.9
8.2
6.6

Legend: Blue - higher than state average. Red - lower than state average. Source: Oregon Student Wellness Survey 2010

Whereas, letters to the editor in the past have seemed to communicate that many parents object to having to be held responsible for their children's illegal activities, even under their own roof and control.

Whereas, the Through My Eyes essay contest participated in by the BHHS senior class over the last years six years indicates that alcohol continues to be a big problem within the high-school population.

Whereas the Lane County Board of Commissioners just approved changes to their county's year-old "social host" ordinance adding that those who host or allow any gathering where people younger than 21 drink or use illegal drugs can be fined as much as $1,000.

Whereas approving a similar ordinance would put all households in Curry County under a similar ordinance - since city ordinances in the three major cities would only cover 40% of the population.

Whereas the counties and cities "No Tolerance" policy would be strengthened by such an ordinance, if we really mean it and our public safety employees and our county judges would take it serious.

Therefore, TheCitizensWhoCare.org asks that a similar ordinance be adopted by the Curry County Board of Supervisors. (See sample)

Resources:

General Alcohol and Drug references www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/socialhost-reference.html
Truth about Alcohol
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/brookings/alcohol.html
Binge Drinking
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/brookings/binge.html
Party Dispersal
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/brookings/partydispersal.html
Underage Drinking in Oregon
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/brookings/drinking.html
Drug Deaths in Oregon
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/brookings/drugdeaths.html
Spring Break
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/springbreak.html
Talk with Kids About Alcohol & Drugs
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/brookings/drugtalk.html
Fun without drinking -
www.TheCitizensWhoCare.org/brookings/drinking2.html
Additional references

 
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