Recently, The Regional Prevention Coalitions were asked to help raise awareness about young adolescents using over the counter medications unsafely. We worked together to adapt our Count It Lock It Drop It campaign to develop a new campaign “Over the Counter Does Not Mean On the Counter” extending the messaging to include medicine such as Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and other commonly found medicines in the home. The campaign includes print and social media, a PSA which is being shown on Channel 10, radio spots on WPRO FM and Lite 105 along with Bus ads. We are asking parents to lock up large quantities of over-the-counter medications and leave a small quantity out for use.
What is the law?
The Rhode Island Social Host Law states that providing or purchasing alcohol for youth or young adults under the age of 21 is illegal. The consumption of alcohol by youth or young adults on your property is prohibited as well.
Click the button below to learn about the Social Host Law in Rhode Island.
Know the Law.
Social Host Law Campaign
Rhode Island Regional Coalitions has partnered with JSI to establish a Social Host Campaign through the Partnerships for Success grant provided to the Regional Coalitions by BHDDH. The Social Host Campaign aims to educate Rhode Island citizens about the law and to prevent people from buying and providing alcohol to minors.
Along with the Social Host Campaign, Rhode Island Regional Coalitions launched:
Sticker Shock Campaign
TIPS program and ServSafe Alcohol
Compliance checks and party patrols
How Can You Help?
If you see or hear about a party with underage drinking..
Report it to your local police.
Social Host RI Toolkit
Click the button below to access and download the toolkit.
Talk They Hear You
“Talk They Hear You” is a substance prevention campaign that SAMHSA created to educate and encourage parents and caretakers to begin talking with their children early on about the dangers of alcohol and other substances.
The campaign aims to reduce underage drinking for youth under the age of 21 by giving parents the confidence and tools to start the conversation about drugs and alcohol. The SAMHSA website provides many resources for parents and caretakers on how to start talking to their children about alcohol and other substances.
Click the button below to access the parent resources.
When You Talk, They Hear You.
Going to a party? Ask questions to learn more.
"Helping a Friend"
An incident happened at school? Encourage them to speak with an adult if they are concerned about a friend.
"Talk. They Hear You."
When they are going to hang out with their friends, talk, they will hear you.
"Hora de Cenar"
La hora de cenar es la hora de la familia. Hable con su familia sobre los riesgos de consumo de bebidas alcohólicas con los menores de edad.
Going to a sleepover? Start the conversation.
Learn the Facts and Start the Conversation.
Before you talk to your children about alcohol, it is important to know the facts. The “Talk They Hear You” campaign provides many fact sheets and infographics regarding substance use in minors.
Download the Mobile App!
SAMHSA’s new “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign mobile app help parents prepare for some of the most important conversations they will have with their kids. The app shows parents how to turn everyday situations into opportunities to talk with their kids about alcohol and other substances. Not only does the app provide them with necessary skills and confidence, but also with the knowledge to start and these conversations and continue them with their kids as they grow up. The app also helps communities prepare to implement and promote the campaign locally, as well as equip educators with the tools to engage student assistance professionals, school leaders, and families in supporting the needs of students who may be struggling with substance use, mental health, or school-related issues. The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign mobile app is available on the App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft store.