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Martinez seeks to reduce underage drinking

Martinez seeks to reduce underage drinking | Deviant Behavior CNM Spring 14 |
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Monday, the governor and others made a push to reduce underage drinking. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving students who are told the dangers of drinking by their parents are 80 percent less likely to engage in underage drinking. Now mad is encouraging parents to set a zero tolerance policy in their…
Cody Trujeque's insight:

This article talks about Governor Martinez and MADD trying to educate teens about the dangers of underage drinking.

I think this is an important issue to tackle in our state since we have a high DWI rate compared to other states. Personally, awareness of underage drinking and its dangers should be presented to kids while they are in middle school in order to reach them before it is too late because most kids first experiment with drinking in high school.

Lisamarie Kolster's comment, April 22, 2014 10:23 AM
I personally really like this idea. When I was in high school I was on the dance team and my coach was a good motivator to not be a part of underage drinking. Of course we had the athletic director and the program that every athlete had to complete “Life of an athlete” but having someone on you all the time was good. Coming into high school you really don’t know much of what’s going on around you and you will just lean towards the things that everyone is doing and a lot of kids in high school take part in underage drinking, having someone tell you before high school I think would benefit kids. So many times I heard stories of friends drinking too much and in the hospital, or trying to drink and drive, it’s a scary thing and people should realize that.
Shayla Neeley's comment, April 22, 2014 11:08 AM
This was a good attempt to raise awareness about underage drinking and DWI's. This kid of presentation should often be presented to every school in APS because underage drinking is a problem everywhere. I agree with Cody when he says that it should be presented to kids in middle school. As time goes on the age of exposure to alcohol because lower and they should know before they get to high school because that is when it is more commonly used. I think these presentations will not completely lower teen drinking because ultimately the kids will do what they want still but I am sure that with the help of MADD and women who have lost someone to drinking will affect the teens and raise awareness while they are out.
Mike Campion's comment, April 22, 2014 12:05 PM
This is a good article especially considering how New Mexico has some of the highest DWI in the country. It also relates to the drug paradox we discussed in class where alcohol and tobacco affect more people then illegal drugs. It's important to tell your children how bad it can affect your health and other aspects of your life, especially school when you're that age. I believe you're right about the age also Cody as I remember being in middle school and some kids were already starting to experiment but all parents should discuss these types of things with their children.
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49ers' Aldon Smith arrested at LAX, allegedly made comment about a bomb

49ers' Aldon Smith arrested at LAX, allegedly made comment about a bomb | Deviant Behavior CNM Spring 14 |
Niners linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at LAX after becoming agitated about being randomly chosen to undergo a second TSA screening.
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I found this article/incident very interesting because Aldon Smith broke one of the biggest, most strict social norm inside an airport by saying he had a bomb. People just don't do that. From what media has said it all stems from him being selected for random screening and him becoming belligerent. Lets not forget his charges that are still pending for DUI and weapons charges. What would posses somebody to say such a thing? Maybe he was under the influence of some type of substance. 

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County drug problem affecting children - The Review

Toledo Blade
County drug problem affecting children
The Review
LISBON - Columbiana County's growing adult drug problem is exacting a toll from their children, according to the director of the county Department of Job and Family Services.
Cody Trujeque's insight:

This article explains the connection between drug abuse and child abuse in this particular town. Children are being taken out of homes where the parents are incapacitated. this relates to what we were talking about last week on how substance abuse/addiction can cause one to lose their kids/families because they simply cannot stop using these particular substances. It is unfortunate that these children are being taken away from their parents but at that point it is the best thing for the children's wellbeing.  

Jason's comment, April 15, 2014 11:19 AM
Alcohol and drug abuse directly effects the kid that should be under the care of the parent or guardian. When that responsible party over drinks and abuses drugs, the child has no one to look after them properly. Yet, we can't stop these risky parents from putting these substances into their body. The only way i can see these high percentage child abuse crimes involving drugs is to go to the source of these illicit drugs and stop it. No drugs coming in means very more few abusers.
Sarah Beltran's comment, April 15, 2014 11:33 AM
It is sad that drug abuse affects children so much. Although these children are being taken away, it really is the best option for them. I can't believe that the number of cases with infants testing positive for drugs is increasing. The mothers won't even stop taking drugs during their pregnancy. At least the kids have opportunities to work and earn money when they're older. The program can help them be independent and hopefully, be able to start their own lives.