Press Release: The Birmingham Drug Prevention Providers & Portable Coolers

The Birmingham Drug Prevention Providers

This week January 14th during session in Montgomery State Rep. Merika Coleman-Evans introduced to legislation that will allow cities to ban portable coolers filled with alcoholic beverages at the entrance of convenience stores to help prevent access of alcohol to minors. Community youth report that alcohol is easy to obtain from portable coolers located at the front of convenience stores right near the store’s entrance. The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior survey found that among high school students, during the past 30 days, 39% drank some amount of alcohol, 22% binge drank, 8% drove after drinking alcohol, and 24% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.

City Councilor, Sheila Tyson, Olivia's House (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers, INC.), Angene Coleman Drug Prevention Coordinator, Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, Oakmont Center, Aletheia House, and Gateway,have partnered together to support Coleman-Evan’s legislation. “Our goal as the Birmingham Drug Prevention Providers is to reduce underage drinking. This will require community-based efforts to bring awareness, to monitor and note the activities of minors and decrease youth access to alcohol,” said Angene Coleman, Drug Prevention Coordinator for Olivia's House. 

“I was unaware that the portable coolers gave access to under-age drinking until the providers, Mrs. Angene Coleman and Councilor Tyson met with me,” said Coleman-Evans. As the mother of two teenagers I do understand the pressure that teens endure to drink. I’m willing to do anything that will help solve the problem of under-age drinking, and we believe that this legislative could be a major determent for minor’s access to alcohol.   

The public is asked to join City Councilor, Sheila Tyson, State Representative Merika Coleman- Evans, and the Birmingham Drug Prevention Providers in efforts in to ban portable coolers filled with alcoholic beverages at the front of convenience stores. On December 23, 2013 we filmed a video w/our youth for Social Media on how these portable coolers.

For more information:
Angene Coleman, Drug Prevention Coordinator and Media Contact Chair 205- 862-5615
Sheila Tyson, City CouncilWoman 205 -254-2294
Merika Coleman-Evans, Alabama Rep. District No.57 205-919-9411

Maranda Brown, PhD, ALC maranda.brown@mh.alabama.gov

Portable Coolers January Press Release.docx

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