U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that a Hunterdon County organization will receive up to nearly $200,000 in federal funding over the next four years to help reduce and prevent underage drinking. The federal funding will support Hunterdon Prevention Resources, a community-based organization that educates local youth about the dangers and health risks of underage drinking. This federal grant was provided by the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP ACT), and Senator Lautenberg has introduced legislation to ensure continued funding for prevention programs like this.
"Underage drinking poses grave risks to young adults in New Jersey and across the country. One death from underage drinking is too many, yet as many as 5,000 young people die each year as a result of alcohol consumption," said Senator Lautenberg, a leader in Congress to prevent underage drinking. "This federal funding will help Hunterdon County youth make safe, responsible decisions about their health and their future."
"Young New Jerseyans are inundated with outside influences that may lead them to make harmful, and sometimes even fatal, decisions," said Senator Menendez. "That's why it's critical we give our communities the resources they need to be a positive influence in young people's lives and to educate our youth about the real dangers of underage drinking."
Senator Lautenberg has fought to reduce underage drinking and drunk driving throughout his tenure in Congress. Senator Lautenberg authored the law that established a national legal drinking age of 21, which has helped save thousands of lives across the country. He also wrote the law that lowered the legal blood alcohol limit to .08 in all 50 states.