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DOH-COLLIER HIGHLIGHTS PROM SAFETY TIPS

By Arielle Myers

April 25, 2019

Do prom right by having a safe night 

Naples, Fla. — Prom is one of the highlights of high school for many students. It is also an opportunity to remind teens the importance of making safe and smart decisions on prom night. The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is highlighting prom safety tips to ensure prom is a memorable experience for the right reasons.

It’s OK to Say No. Many teens feel pressured to drink, smoke, or use drugs on prom night, but doing so can result in serious consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,500 young people die each year from alcohol consumption. Alcohol and drugs impairs judgment and results in poor decision making that can cause harm to yourself or others. It is also illegal. DOH-Collier wants to remind teens that it is OK to say No.

Travel Safely. It is important to travel safely on prom night. Always wear a seatbelt and be sure to stay alert and distraction free. It is never worth the risk to drive while impaired or ride in the car with someone who has been drinking or under the influence of drugs. Plan a safe way to get home ahead of time. If someone has been drinking and plans on getting behind the wheel, take their keys away. Do not worry about offending the driver, they will thank you later.

Plan Ahead. Make sure a family member, guardian, or trusted adult knows the plans for the night and are available if plans change, help is needed, or in case of an emergency. If attending any prom after parties, be sure there is an adult supervising and plan to go with a “buddy”. Remain aware of surroundings and do not use alcohol or drugs. If you or someone else is in danger, call 911.

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