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Attendees delve into underage drinking

The task of reducing underage drinking among youths in the county has been a focus of the Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition for more than five years, and at the organization’s annual breakfast meeting this morning, members dug deeper into the issue to look at additional ways to combat this problem.

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The Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition’s annual breakfast meeting was this morning. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bryce Jones of the Community System Group reviews statistics relating to local youth alcohol usage. ABOVE: Local statistics relating to underage alcohol usage are displayed on signs at the event. (EXAMINER PHOTOS| MANDY LOEHR)

Bryce Jones and Cindy Pharis from the Community System Group, an organization that monitors and assists drug-free youth coalitions across the country, also were at the meeting at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center to present recent local data and to engage the attendees in problem-solving discussions.

According to a recent survey, 18 percent of Logan County eighth-graders reported using alcohol in the past 30 days. In addition, percentages of students using alcohol during the past 30 days increased each year for pupils surveyed in grades 9-12.

Mr. Jones also noted that the age of onset for alcohol use for teens is usually in the seventh grade.

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