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NO. R-187.  Joint resolution designating Reach Out Now Teach-In Week.

(J.R.H.38)

Offered by:  Representatives LaVoie of Swanton, Adams of Hartland, Ancel of Calais, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Bohi of Hartford, Branagan of Georgia, Chen of Mendon, Cross of Winooski, Donaghy of Poultney, Endres of Milton, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Flory of Pittsford, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jerman of Essex, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Leriche of Hardwick, Livingston of Manchester, Louras of Rutland City, Malcolm of Pawlet, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Otterman of Topsham, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor and Winters of Williamstown.

Whereas, according to recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data, 25 percent of the population from ages 12 to 20 have consumed illegally alcoholic beverages, and

Whereas, 50 percent of the young persons who have reached the eighth grade have drunk an alcoholic beverage at least once, and 20 percent of this group reported having been intoxicated, and

Whereas, these figures indicate that as children age, they increase their use of alcohol, and

Whereas, underage drinking is a more prevalent killer of young persons than illegal drug use, and

Whereas, family factors, such as parent-child communications and relationships, the criteria for applying discipline, and parental involvement with their children’s activities, influence youth alcohol consumption patterns, and

Whereas, caring parents, grandparents, teachers, clergy, and health professionals can contribute to educating young persons concerning the negative consequences that result from drinking alcohol, and

Whereas, Governor Douglas has declared April as Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging states to observe the last week of April as Reach Out Now Teach-In Week, in order to emphasize the role of educational programs in reducing youth alcohol abuse, and

Whereas, educational programs designed to instruct youngsters about the consequences of using alcohol are scheduled to occur in Vermont schools, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates the last week in April as Reach Out Now Teach-In Week.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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