Posted at: 10/18/2013 10:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) teaches high school students nation-wide about the dangers of alcohol. But here in New Mexico, they plan to start focusing on middle school students – since the problem starts earlier in the state.
Research shows in New Mexico, 27 percent of kids start drinking at age 12 – compared to a national rate of 20 percent. MADD is starting a program in middle schools showing them how alcohol can damage their lives, and helping them find alternatives.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to kids at Warehouse 508 – one alternative that keeps kids busy, pursuing their dreams, and away from alcohol. They agreed that they’ve seen alcohol in middle school – but that the program has kept them away from it. You can learn more about Warehouse 508 – and the haunted house featured in Friday’s story – at http://warehouse508.org.
MADD is providing free trainings for parents who want to talk to their middle school or any age children about alcohol. You can learn more and schedule a training at www.madd.org/powerofparents.