Machias, Eastport Students Participate in “Project Sticker Shock”
June 10, 2016

One Voice student groups at Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias and Shead High School in Eastport recently participated in “Project Sticker Shock,” a youth‐led initiative to change adult attitudes about selling and providing alcohol to minors. On May 27th and 8th grade Gaffney students affixed fluorescent orange‐and‐black stickers on containers of alcohol, especially beer, at Machias Foster's On the Run. Shead students completed a similar activity at R&M IGA in Eastport on June 9th. The highly-visible stickers are a strong reminder for consumers: “Providing Alcohol to Minors in Illegal! Fines are up to $2,000 and/or up to one year in jail!”

Alcohol has been identified by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse as the number one drug of choice among Maine youth, and according to local youth, one of the easiest substances to obtain. “Project Sticker Shock” is sponsored by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and hopes to cause adults to think twice before making it any easier for youth to access alcohol. One Voice youth groups, local beverage retailers, and the state police want to remind adults that providing alcohol to minors or allowing them to drink in a place under your control is against the law, and it carries the same penalties under the law as furnishing, even if you don’t supply the alcohol.

“'Sticker Shock' is a way for students like us to tell people in the community that providing alcohol to minors is not okay,” said one Rose M. Gaffney student. “Adults and older teens need to be role models for the younger generation and everybody needs to be a part of the solution.”

Healthy Acadia and participating students would like to thank Machias Foster’s On the Run and R&M IGA in Eastport for their desire to sell alcohol responsibly and support the group in their efforts to inform the community about underage drinking. “A strong community message is sent when local businesses take responsibility for speaking out against underage drinking,” said Jenny Robish, Community Outreach Coordinator for Healthy Acadia. “Stores like these are working together with youth to create safer, healthier communities by combating the problem of underage drinking.”

For more information about "Project Sticker Shock" or Healthy Acadia's One Voice youth group program, please email jenny@healthyacadia.org or call 255‐3741.