‘Think Twice’ before buying alcohol for minors in Chiloquin

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Chiloquin, Ore. – Some Chiloquin High School students are taking a different approach at reducing underage drinking.

Student Gary Frost says it’s easier than you’d think for minors to buy alcohol.  “It’s very easy.  There are a lot of people around here who are very willing to buy alcohol for minors, as long as they get money.”

Lofanitani Aisea-Ball agrees. “It’s easier than it should be to get alcohol in Chiloquin, I think it’s a big problem here.”

While many prevention programs focus on adults telling kids not to drink, ‘Sticker Shock’ has kids saying, ‘Well, don’t buy it for us.”

Frost explains the ‘Think Twice’ program:  “We put stickers on bottles of alcohol so that when people buy them, they think twice about giving them to minors.”

The stickers read:  ‘Buying alcohol for minors is illegal.  Think twice.  Underage drinking can be dangerous.  It’s a class ‘A’ misdemeanor, with up to 364 days in jail and $6250 in fines.  Be the influence they need.’

The stickers, and banners were placed at the Crater Lake Junction Travel Center, Clyde’s Market, and the Family Food Center.

The students hope the campaign will raise awareness, and spark discussion.

“It’s a problem,” said Lofanitani Aisea. “It needs to change, and we’re doing something about it.”

Think Twice is sponsored by the Chiloquin First Coalition.

The Coalition is a partnership between Chiloquin High School, Klamath Tribal Health, and Klamath County Public Health.

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