The mission of the Panhandle Prevention Coalition is to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking and drinking and driving, tobacco use, and prescription drug abuse in the Panhandle.
We do this by:
- Seeking policy change at the local and state levels to reduce youth access to alcohol and tobacco.
- Collaborating with law enforcement to facilitate, fund and standardize compliance checks, beverage server training, and sobriety checks.
- Educating and generating awareness about the dangers of substance abuse and consequences of minors in possession (MIPs) and buying/providing alcohol to minors.
Recent Panhandle Prevention Coalition achievements
- Supported the Use and Lose legislation passed into Nebraska law in 2010.
- 340 retail alcohol compliance checks since September 2009.
- 14 responsible beverage server training classes with over 600 participants
- and an average 47 percent increase between pre and post-tests scores.
- Twenty six sobriety check points since September 2009 resulting in 965 stops, 312 citations, 48 drug and alcohol related citations and 71 other arrests.
- Continue grassroots policy work to address underage drinking, binge drinking, drinking and driving, tobacco use, and prescription drug abuse.
- Strengthen K-12 & post-secondary school policies.
- Strengthen enforcement of alcohol laws.