We have changed our name from the NEW TRADITION COALITION to DRAW THE LINE LAWRENCE so it better fits our purpose and mission. We call on all community members to come together and DRAW THE LINE on underage drinking and drug use for a healthier and safer place to live.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Research provided by the
National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse
at Columbis University (CASA)

1) Monitor School Night Socializing
Nearly one-half (46%) of teens say that they typically go out with friends on school nights, while only 14% of parents say that their teens do so. •Once out, 53% of teens come home between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. and15% come home later. •The later teens stay out, the more likely they are to use alcohol or other drugs—even among older teens. Nearly one-third (29%) of those who come home between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. and 50% of those who come home after 10:00 p.m. say there’s alcohol or drug use among the kids they are with.

2) Safeguard prescription drugs in the home
One-third of teens who know someone who abuses prescription drugs say that person gets the drugs from parents, home, or medicine cabinets.

3) Address the problem of drugs in schools
One-third of parents think that the presence of drugs in school does not make it more likely that their child will use drugs. Yet previous CASA surveys have found that teens attending schools where drugs are used, kept, or sold are 5 times more likely to use marijuana, 15 times more likely to use prescription drugs, and 16 times more likely to use an illegal drug (other than marijuana or prescription drugs).

4) Set a good example. One-fourth of all teens know a parent of a classmate or friend who uses marijuana—and 10% say that this parent smokes with people the teens’age.

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