BY TAMARA VAIFANUA
KEARNS – Community leaders in Kearns are taking proactive steps to prevent underage drinking.
A deli inside Harmons grocery store in Kearns isn’t the most likely place to hold a news conference, but it served as a backdrop for an important message – underage drinking is a growing problem in Kearns and can no longer be ignored.
“Kearns has far as risk factors is above the state average. A lot of those issues stem from poor family management,” said Josh Nelson, Evidence2Success.
Evidence2Success is made up of residents, community leaders, schools and advocacy groups.
They’ve conducted research that shows:
34% of Kearns kids took a drink of alcohol before the age of 17
26% don’t believe drinking alcohol daily is a risk
70% of kids aren’t talking with their parents about the dangers of underage drinking.
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