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This paper examines the many health and safety issues associated with underage drinking. In particular, the paper focuses on the practices of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Kansas, and their approach to underage drinking. Various statistics about underage drinking are presented in the paper. Then, the SARA method used by community police officials to identify and combat underage drinking. The paper also discusses how adolescents find it relatively easy to obtain alcohol. Next, the paper explores the health issues associated with young people drinking and also its consequences in terms of injury, violent crime, homicide and suicide. Finally, the paper highlights an educational program in Overland Park, Kansas which aims to reduce underage drinking. The paper concludes by noting the difficulty in assessing the impact of programs designed to reduce underage drinking.
From the Paper:"In the scanning step it can be seen that he cost to citizens of Kansas was $646 million in 2005. These costs contain medical care, work loss, and pain and suffering associated with the multiple problems resulting from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a underlying factor in many serious problems including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, property and violent crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning and need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence. Not including pain and suffering from these costs, the direct costs of underage drinking incurred through medical care and loss of work cost Kansas $229 million each year (Fast Facts Regarding Underage Drinking in Kansas, 2009).
"Kansas youth state that it is easy to get alcohol and the ease increases with age. Sixteen percent of 8th graders say it is easy to get it while 42% of 12th graders report it is easy to obtain. Across the nation, two out of three teens, aged 13-18, say it is easy to get alcohol from their homes without their parents knowing about it. Almost one in four teens, aged 13-18, and one in three girls, aged 16-18 say their own parents have supplied them with alcohol..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Fast Facts Regarding Underage Drinking in Kansas. (2009). Retrieved March 21, 2010, from Web site: http://www.kansasfamily.com/documents/FastFacts09colorcopy.pdf
- Johnson County Sheriff's Office Targeting Underage Drinking. (2007). Retrieved March 21, 2010, from Kansas City InfoZine Web site: https://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/26158/
- Quick Stats Underage Drinking. (2008). Retrieved March 21, 2010, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/Alcohol/quickstats/underage_drinking.htm
- SARA - Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment. (2008). Retrieved March 21, 2010, from Crime Reduction Web site: http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/skills/skills04.htm
- Underage Drinking in Kansas. (2002). Retrieved March 21, 2010, from Kansas Family Web site: http://www.kansasfamily.com/pdfs/newsletter/7-Spring2002.pdf
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Issues in Underage Drinking (2012, October 31) Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/issues-in-underage-drinking-151959/
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