Delco youth alcohol use studied

Posted: April 26, 2013

Thirty percent of Delaware County 12th graders binged on alcohol within the last month, according to a youth survey by Holcomb Behavorial Health Systems to be released next week.

More county teenagers drive under the influence of marijuana than alcohol, according to the county-funded survey, done as part of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, a project of the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The county data will be presented at a town-hall meeting from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Ave., Morton.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, county District Attorney Jack Whelan, and county Executive Director Marianne Grace are expected to attend.

About 9,000 Delaware County youths were questioned for the survey, according to Beth Mingey, director of prevention and education services for Holcomb. Community groups involved with prevention will attend the session. For more information, contact Holcomb at 484-444-0412.


Contact Rita Giordano at 610-313-8232, rgiordano@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @ritagiordano.

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