Campaign uses teens to combat underage drinking

It is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Mason Square Drug Free Coalition is working to help curb underage drinking in a unique way.

An initiative they used Friday is called “Shoulder Taps.” Teens with the program approach adults outside of liquor stores, and ask the adults to buy them alcohol.

If the adult says yes, the teens hand them cards, explaining why it’s so important not to buy alcohol for minors.

Andrew Keaton, from the Mason Square Drug Free Coalition, said that adult responses have been encouraging. He told 22News, “Really, they’ve been educating the kids as well. They’ve said no, and that’s what we want to see. The response from the liquor stores too, they’ve been receptive to it.”

The coalition says underage drinking is the top problem for teens, and can stunt mental growth. It is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.

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