Underage drinking trend provokes enactment of new programs

A disturbing trend in Westchester County has prompted a meeting of the minds to stop the potentially dangerous activity.More than a dozen anti-drinking and drug coalitions were represented at a workshop Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains. Advocates say the need for the workshop was apparent after cops broke up two teen drinking parties in the past two weeks. A 14-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital in serious condition after an underage party in Pound Ridge. Also, more than 33 teenagers were caught drinking at a house party in Harrison that was thrown while the host's parents were away.John Kriger specializes in preventing addictions and was the featured speaker at the workshop. Kriger hopes to make a long-term difference in Westchester by building on their existing programs aimed at cutting down underage drinking and drug use. Kriger says everyone in the community must work together to address the problem and get results.