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Dangers for teens on spring break

Spring time brings a number of life-changing opportunities for Colorado teens. Of course, there are spring break vacations, where teens and college students travel to warm venues (i.e. Florida, Arizona and even Mexico). Also, spring is prom season, where high school students get a chance to enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour.

In these times, law enforcement agencies in Denver and across the metro area step up enforcement to prevent teens from using alcohol, marijuana and other synthetic drugs. Operation Dry Spring is a month long operation that is being used across the country. (In Daytona Beach, Florida, a popular spring break destination, more than 63 arrests were made).

With increased enforcement, it is important for parents and their children to have honest conversations about drug and alcohol use, their potential dangers, and the criminal (and civil) consequences. A number of incidents involving sexual abuse among teens have been directly attributed to the use of alcohol.

Specifically, two teens from the Steubenville, Ohio football team who sexually assaulted a young woman did so while at a party where alcohol was present. Also, a Saratoga, California teen was allegedly sexually assaulted after drinking alcohol and passing out. The assailants reportedly posted pictures of her on social media outlets, which ostensibly led to her suicide.

Moreover, teens who have criminal charges run the risk of being disqualified for scholarships, and in some cases, entry into colleges and universities.

Nevertheless, teens can (and will) make mistakes. A teen or college student charged with underage drinking or drunk driving should have experienced legal counsel.

Source: JounalOnline.com, How Volusia deputies spent spring break, April 12, 2013

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