Retailers engaged in local prevention effort
Camden — Lori Dodge of Rite Aid Pharmacy in Camden is the third $100 raffle winner in the Reward & Reminder program sponsored by Five Town Communities That Care.
In Reward & Reminder, young-looking, but legal-aged mystery shoppers from the Five Town CTC Coalition purchase alcoholic beverages from retailers throughout the Five Town community. When these shoppers are asked to show ID, they give the sales clerk a card thanking him or her for doing the right thing in accordance with the law. If the clerk does not ask for ID, he or she is given a note of reminder that the law requires retailers of alcohol to ask for proof of age from anyone who appears to be under the age of 27.
Checking IDs protects underage customers and the greater community against injuries and accidents associated with underage drinking, as well as protecting retailers and their employees against the penalties associated with underage sales.
Dodge's name was entered into a raffle drawing along with other sales clerks who checked the mystery shopper's ID as required.
Reward & Reminder is one program in Five Town CTC's overall prevention effort, which comprises youth programs (such as the STAR skill-building program), training and technical assistance, and public information campaigns about prevention issues.
Working as community coalition, Five Town CTC promotes healthy youth and prevents problem adolescent behaviors such as substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, teenage pregnancy, and suicide. The Communities That Care system has been proven effective in reducing the prevalence of these behaviors in the five town community.
For more information on this data and on the prevention programs, practices and policies of the Five Town CTC Coalition, call 236-9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.