Our coalition represents agencies, schools, government, businesses, families, and concerned citizens in Tompkins County, all working to reduce substance abuse among middle and high school youth through the use of effective, evidence-based programs and practices.
Raising teenagers today is full of challenges and rewards. This website offers information about local resources, advice for families, information for teens, NY laws on underage drinking, excellent web links, and more. Take a look around and consider signing up to stay in touch at Contact Us.
- The next meeting of the CCHY board will take place on Thursday, August 21, 3:00-4:30 in the 1st floor Bev Livesay Conference Room, 320 W. State St., Ithaca
- Save the date! The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth is hosting a free community presentation by Dr. Kevin Sabet from Smart Approaches to Marijuana on Monday, Sept. 15, 1-4 PM at Cinemapolis. Check back soon for details.
In the News:
>New Underage Drinking Tipline Launches July 1
A collaboration between the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department and the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth. Details
More on E-cigarettes, how they're used/misused, and how communities are taking action. Details
>Youth Using E-Cigarettes to Smoke Marijuana
>Safe Medication Drop Box Program Expanded Throughout Tompkins County
The Med Return Drop Box program, initiated last September, is now expanded to nine locations in Tompkins County, making it even easier for people to safely and securely dispose of expired or unneeded household medications. Details
There is much discussion in the news and in communities about marijuana, whether it should be legalized either for "medical" reasons or for recreational ones. Here are a couple of websites with information to help you make up your mind.
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NYS Poison Control Center - 800-222-1222
Acting U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu's Call to Action on Underage Drinking
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Free brochures and booklets:
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What to do about an underage drinking party:
Do you know of a party where underage youth are drinking? Have you heard about an upcoming party where alcohol will be available to underage youth? Does this worry you? You can call the Underage Drinking Tipline at 1-800-851-1932 to make an anonymous report for any "field" party or "house" party. The Tipline will notify the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department who will either respond directly or pass the information to the appropriate local law enforcement office for action. It's YOUR community, it's YOUR call! Your tip can save a life.
For more information on what the laws are in New York, go to Know the Law.