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DEKALB COUNTY, GA. – March 24, 2022 – Beyond The Bell Dekalb County has partnered with Decatur Housing Authority and No Junk Productions to host the “STOP: Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking” community event from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Oliver House, 1450 Commerce Drive Decatur, GA 30030. This free event is in celebration of how DeKalb youths resisted the temptations of underage drinking during the pandemic. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment, food, and vendors.

According to an annual survey done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol and drug use among U.S. teens in 2021 was at a record low. The researchers recorded it as the largest single-year drop since the survey began in 1975. Dekalb’s youth were among these teens that refused to participate in substance abuse or give into peer pressure.

“As a nonprofit whose entire goal is to reduce substance use among youth, we couldn’t be happier to hear of the survey results that alcohol use is at an all-time low amongst teens,” said Executive Director Sandra Dean. “That is why our work as a community is so important – it can really make a difference in the lives of young people and impact their decision making. In honor of our achievements, we wanted to host this community event to celebrate our teenagers’ strong will and integrity. Let’s all come together for a fun day of commemoration!”

Beyond The Bell, along with SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services Administration, offers programs to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth and young adults ages 12-20 by using evidenced-based programs that minimize the risks and behaviors that lead to alcohol use. 

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