Police responded to a report of an alcohol overdose at a party in the 10000 block of Akhtamar Drive, Great Falls on Saturday, around 11 p.m.
A 15-year-old girl was transported to the hospital after being found unconscious on a couch in the home. The teen party had allegedly been advertised on social media; there was no guest list and there were approximately 50 teens there. The host, a 48-year-old woman, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Police and the Unified Prevention Coalition remind residents that the “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” program is underway in the month of May. The program is dedicated to keeping youth and young adults safe and drug free. With prom and graduation season underway, residents are urged to celebrate safely and legally . Know the laws and facts surrounding Virginia’s underage drinking laws and facts associated with teen drinking.
Parents need to know:
It is illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol.
Under age 24, the brain is still growing and negatively affected by alcohol.
Parents can be prosecuted under the law for hosting underage drinking parties.
It is unsafe and illegal for persons under 21 to drive after consuming alcohol (.02 blood alcohol content or above).
Don’t risk living with the burden of an unnecessary death or accident because you provided or allowed alcohol use by someone under the age of 21.
For more information, see http://unifiedpreventioncoalition.org/.