Local non-profit gets grant to fight underage drinking

Published On: Apr 08 2013 10:38:17 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2013 10:44:05 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Extra patrols will be on the lookout for underage drinking as high school prom and graduation season begins.

The La Crosse County Prevention Network received a nearly $200,000 grant spread out over the next four years. Every agency in the county will share parts of the grant.

Together, the groups have four strategies to combat underage drinking. Those are increased police presence, student decision making workshops, and increased outreach to parents.  "1 in 3 high school students in La Crosse County have used alcohol in the past 30 days, and 1 in 5 have binge drinked in the past 30 days," said Director of Social Problems Tracy Herlitzke.

"We've seen it for a lot of years, the underage drinking is a problem and it's not something, I think, is going to go away anytime soon," said Onalaska Police Officer Jasson Jobe.

Jobe says they plan to pick up patrols starting with Holmen's prom next weekend.