Health Department calls underage alcohol purchase prevention program a success

The Shoulder Tap program was successfully completed in Logan City on October 30, 2009. This program is an environmental enforcement strategy that targets adults who purchase alcohol for minors. In this program, underage “decoys” approach adults outside an alcohol outlet and request that the adult purchase alcohol on the decoy’s behalf. The team conducting the program included 7 representatives from the Logan City Sheriffs Office, a representative from the Bear River Health Department, and two underage youth. This team went to two stores in Logan City. Approximately 21 individuals were approached by the underage youth to purchase alcohol. Admirably, the community rose to the occasion, and there were only two purchases for the minors. In some areas up to 45 percent of youth who attempt to acquire alcohol do so by asking strangers to purchase it for them. “We’d like to thank the citizens of Logan City for following the law and not providing alcohol to our youth. Youth access to alcohol must be limited in order to reduce underage drinking. ” said Jescee Adams, Health Promotion Specialist at the Bear River Health Department. Adams continued, “Without the commitment of time and resources from the Logan City Police Department, the Shoulder Tap Program could not have happened. We appreciate the dedication and partnership of the officers in reducing underage drinking in our community.” While the partnership between law enforcement and the health department is key in reducing youth access to alcohol, stores also have a very critical role to play. In this round, an employee from the State Liquor Store noticed our underage youth and asked them to leave. This store and its employees should be commended for following the appropriate procedures and not allowing youth to loiter at their establishment. “This was great to see,” said Adams, “We were happy to learn that youth will find it difficult to loiter at stores and to find adults to purchase alcohol for them in Logan City.” To learn more about how this program was conducted or for more information on preventing substance abuse please contact the Bear River Health Department at 435-792-6510.

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