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Akwesasne youth, agencies promote Project Sticker Shock

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AKWESASNE - During December, local community youth, the Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Prevention Program (A/CDP) and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Compliance Department joined forces to promote “Project Sticker Shock,” a youth initiative intended to educate our public about the perils of providing alcohol to minors.

The program participants place stickers on alcoholic beverages in stores, reinforcing the penalties of purchasing alcohol for minors with a reminder stating, “It is illegal to provide alcohol for anyone under 21.”

“This is a stellar example of public education and law enforcement working together to have a positive community impact. Together, we can stop the sale of alcohol to minors”, states Sub-Chief Eric Thompson. A recent survey confirmed alcohol is the number one drug of choice among our youth. Underage drinking is a community concern; the most effective way to address underage drinking is through community involvement and participation.

Both youth leaders and the A/CDP Prevention Program thank Carrie Benedict of the SRMT Compliance Department for her assistance. “It has been my pleasure in assisting the A/CDP program and youth leaders with this very important prevention strategy,” Ms. Benedict said. “With community and social awareness comes a greater demand for responsibility, especially for those who sell alcohol in our community. Project Sticker Shock is a positive and effective way to get our message across”.

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe thanks the following businesses for their participation in this prevention initiative: CT Convenience Store, Akwesasne; Truck Stop #9, Akwesasne; Akwesasne Mini Mart, Akwesasne; Twin Leaf Diner, Fort Covington; Twin Leaf Express, Akwesasne; Collette’s One Stop, Bombay; Big Boys Gas, Akwesasne; Borderline, Akwesasne; Speedway Convenience, Akwesasne; and AK Gas, Akwesasne.

For further information, please contact Melerena Back, CPS, A/CDP Prevention Program at 518-358-2967.

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