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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.

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In the News:

>CCHY Receives Gratitude Grant from Elks Lodge 636

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth is pleased and proud to be the recipient of the Gratitude Grant from Elks Lodge 636. Elks Lodge members Robert Boothroyd, Gary Carlson, and Thomas Fuller presented the check on 7-30-14 to Stacy Cangelosi, CCHY chair, and Kris Bennett, staff. Thank you Elks!       

>New Underage Drinking Tipline Launches July 1

A collaboration between the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department and the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth.  Details

>E-Cigarettes

More on E-cigarettes, how they're used/misused, and how communities are taking action.  Details

>Youth Using E-Cigarettes to Smoke Marijuana

As if the harmful nature of nicotine isn’t enough to concern us about e-cigarettes, NBC News reports that young people are increasingly using e-cigarettes to smoke marijuana.  Details

>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 medicationsDetails

>Marijuana

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.

CADCA     Smart Approaches to Marijuana      Protect Our Society New York     Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (Harvard Medical School)

 

Archived news

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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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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.