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Originally published: 2013-09-04 17:09:10
Last modified: 2013-09-04 17:09:54

Thank you for compliance

Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention would like to thank our community's businesses for refusing the sale of alcohol to minors. WSAP is a data-driven, evidenced-based, multi-sector coalition with a goal to reduce youth substance use and abuse in Watauga County. 

A primary function of WSAP is an ongoing partnership with local law enforcement. WSAP, overseen by fiscal agent Western Youth Network, was able to provide a funding opportunity to the Boone Police Department to conduct alcohol compliance checks among Watauga County merchants. This funding opportunity was made possible the N.C. Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 

Through this grant funding, Boone Police Department was able conduct 75 compliance checks using overtime hours during the months of July and August. Sixty-three compliance checks at local businesses were administered without incident. 

Alcohol compliance checks are a type of environmental prevention that deters alcohol outlets from selling alcohol to underage youth. 

Compliance checks are one of the most effective strategies at preventing underage access to alcohol and create a sustainable effort to reduce underage consumption of alcohol.  

Underage drinking is a serious public health concern linked to severe consequences including DUI's, sexual assaults, fights, alcohol poisoning, suicide, falls, drowning, injury and death. 

Chief Dana Crawford of the Boone Police Department stated, "We are grateful for partnerships with community organizations that support alcohol enforcement. Underage drinking is a serious problem in our community and we are committed to enforcement efforts that seek to curtail underage drinking among our high school and university students." 

Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention would like to thank Boone Police Department, as well as the many businesses that were in compliance with the law during this compliance check operation. 

These stores did their part in preventing the sale of alcohol to minors.  By decreasing alcohol availability, compliance checks are believed to also reduce alcohol-related problems and crime among youth.  

For more information about WSAP, please visit
Hollie Storie Wilcoxcommunity prevention coordinator Western Youth Network Inc.