MILFORD, Oh. -- A Milford-Miami Township group is fighting underage drinking -- with stickers.
Members of Partners for a Drug-Free Milford-Miami Township Coalition, a volunteer coalition that aims to curb community substance abuse, placed stickers on beer at two area businesses Wednesday to send a message to both teens and adults.
One of the stickers bears the message: "Hey You! STOP. It is illegal to give alcohol to anyone under the age of 21!" Another sticker includes information about penalties, which can include up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Coalition Executive Director Stacy Mathis said the idea to put stickers on beer isn't an original one, but it's the first time it's been done in the county.
"Our prom is Saturday and graduation is soon. This is a time when teens are partying," Mathis said. "This program is to educate parents and adults not to provide alcohol to minors."
Mathis said students from Milford Junior High School and Milford High School participated in what she called "Project Sticker Shock." The kids placed stickers on all of the beer being sold at Wine Connection on 1258 Ohio 28 and Lehr's Meats on 740 Main Street.
Each year the students put a plan together to help curb underage drinking, and the "Sticker Shock" project was the most popular, Mathis said.
"It's 100 percent youth led," she said. "We just want to get the message out so adults can be mindful."
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