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Parents play a major role in their children's choices about alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. In a recent national survey of parents and teens by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, one-third of teen partygoers have been to parties where teens were drinking alcohol, smoking pot or using other drugs, including prescription drugs, while a parent was present. By age 17, nearly half (46 percent) of teens have been at such parties where parents were present.

This public awareness campaign aims to provide parents with accurate information about the health risks of underage drinking and the legal consequences of providing alcohol to youth. The campaign message is focused on prom and graduation parties.


The Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force recognizes that community attitudes and actions play a critical role in the behavior and development of teens. That’s why the Task Force is spearheading this community-wide awareness campaign called Parents Who Host Lose the Most during prom/graduation season.

Please, join us in reinforcing the message that underage drinking is illegal, unsafe and unacceptable in Kalamazoo County.

Members of the Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force Community Trustees are: Linda Buzas, Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department; Ron Fuller, Kalamazoo Regional Education Services Agency; Jeff Hadley, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety; Jeff Patton, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Ed Sackley, District Director for U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06); Danielle Sielatycki, Prevention Works; Pete Strazdas, City of Portage; Marsha Wells, Portage Public Schools; and Richard White, City of Portage Police Department.

Did you know that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration recently reported that 40% of youth age 12 to 20 who used alcohol in the past 30 days said that they receivied it free from an adult?