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Bergen County Youth Help Alert the Public About Providing Alcohol to Minors

(l. – r.): Katie Lupardi (Bergen County Prevention Coalition), Staci Block (RISE Director), Abigail Molos, Angela Woodack, Nicole Deegan, and Cade Skoblar (RISE cast members), Det. Matthew Parodi and Chief of Police David T. Pegg

(Fair Lawn, NJ) September 9, 2016 – Recently six members of the Bergen County RISE (Reflection Interactive Summer Experience) took part in a county-wide campaign called Sticker Shock at Coronet Varieties in Maywood, NJ. The event consists of stickers, bottle hangers, and window clings being placed on packages and bottles of alcoholic beverages and on refrigerator doors throughout the liquor establishment. The stickers act as “warning labels” and notify the public of the consequences of providing or purchasing alcohol for minors which can result in six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. The goal is to reduce minors’ access to alcohol by educating adult providers. “This is a strong message when it comes directly from the youth population,” says Katherine Lupardi, Prevention Specialist for The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Maywood Police Department and Binal Didhia, the owner of Coronet Varieties.”

The Sticker Shock campaign is run by the Bergen County Prevention Coalition, which is an initiative of The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, A Program of Children’s Aid and Family Services. It is a youth-driven project held in order to limit the use of alcohol by minors.

About the Bergen County Prevention Coalition
The Bergen County Prevention Coalition is a community collaboration working toward a substance abuse-free Bergen County. The Coalition’s goal is to reduce substance abuse through education, inspiration, motivation, and alternative activities. Members of the Coalition include school professionals, business owners, youth-serving organizations and concerned community members looking to create positive change within Bergen County. For more information about the Bergen County Coalition, please contact Coalition Coordinator, Shelly Stuart, at mstuart@cafsnj.org (201-740-7097) or Outreach Coordinator Katie Lupardi, at klupardi@cafsnj.org (201-740-7095).

About The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources provides community and school-based programs about alcohol and drug abuse prevention, advocates for responsive prevention, treatment and recovery services. The Center's offices are located in Fair Lawn and its services are available throughout Bergen County. For more information, please call 201-261-2800 or visit www.tcadr.org.

About Children's Aid and Family Services
Children's Aid and Family Services is one of the leading nonprofit human services organizations serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 11 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect and, when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion for vulnerable children, young adults, frail elderly and their families, it provides high-quality and innovative services that meet their social, educational and emotional needs. For more information on Children's Aid and Family Services and to learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 201-261-2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.