About Don’t Provide East Texas
Research shows that in East Texas, approximately 65% of minors get their alcohol from friends and family. As a community, we have a responsibility as parents and neighbors to eliminate underage drinking.
Don’t Provide East Texas is an initiative to increase awareness about the role that adults, specifically parents can have in preventing underage drinking. Our goal is to increase your knowledge about the social, legal and financial consequences of providing alcohol to minors, and equip you with tips and resources that will help you prevent underage drinking at home.
A Different Perspective: The Impact of Underage Drinking
Business Spotlights:
We would like to thank the following companies for participating in our sticker campaign to get the word out throughout the year and supporting our efforts to keep our community safe for all our residents.
Who We Are
We are a group of concerned community members, teaming up to prevent substance abuse among youth in East Texas. Together, we represent three coalitions that work across thirteen counties.

 

East Texas Substance Abuse Coalition covers Smith, Rusk, Cherokee, Henderson and Van Zandt Counties. Piney Woods Substance Abuse Coalition covers Marion, Harrison and Gregg Counties. Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse covers Titus, Morris, Cass, Franklin and Bowie counties.

 

Our coalitions operate under Next Step Community Solutions, a Tyler based nonprofit that works to provide substance abuse prevention and education, training and mental health counseling to youth in East Texas.

The Problem
Alcohol kills more people under 21 each year than all illicit drugs combined.
Consequences of underage drinking:

Crimes and Incarcerations

Addiction and Dependency

Higher risk of cancer, liver damage, and brain damage.

Academic failure and lower graduation rate

Higher risk of STD's, assault, and pregnancy

Crimes and Incarcerations

Addiction and Dependency

Higher risk of cancer, liver damage, and brain damage.

Academic failure and lower graduation rate

Higher risk of STD's, assault, and pregnancy

Crimes and Incarcerations

Addiction and Dependency

Higher risk of cancer, liver damage, and brain damage.

Academic failure and lower graduation rate

Higher risk of STD's, assault, and pregnancy

Local Statistics in East Texas:

Average age of first use is 13

65% of minors get alcohol from adult relatives

43% of East Texas students say that alcohol would be easy to get.

1 in 5 students report using alcohol within the past 30 days

70 percent of 12th graders report previously using alcohol

Average age of first use is 13

65% of minors get alcohol from adult relatives

43% of East Texas students say that alcohol would be easy to get.

1 in 5 students report using alcohol within the past 30 days

70 percent of 12th graders report previously using alcohol

Average age of first use is 13

65% of minors get alcohol from adult relatives

43% of East Texas students say that alcohol would be easy to get.

1 in 5 students report using alcohol within the past 30 days

70 percent of 12th graders report previously using alcohol

The Campaign
Our coalition works across 12 sectors to prevent underage substance abuse.
Our coalitions work to address the issue of underage drinking, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and prescription drug abuse locally. We are made up of members in our community such as law enforcement, school officials, nonprofit leaders, health care providers, social workers, pharmacists, business managers, parents, and youth working collectively to make East Texas a safe place to live and work. Under the umbrella of the “Don’t Provide East Texas” Campaign, we are taking a multi level approach to target easy social and retail access of alcohol among minors.
Here are some of the things we are doing to prevent underage drinking as part of this campaign.
Retail and Restaurant Stickers

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Various locations across East Texas have partnered with us to place stickers on their beer and wine coolers, warning adults of the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors. Restaurants in East Texas have also partnered with us to place stickers on their to-go bags and containers that encourage parents to use meal time to start the conversation with teens about underage drinking.

Information and Resource Distribution

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We provide practical information and resources to parents and youth. Information is available electronically and in the form of brochures, booklets and pamphlets.

Parent Education Events

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We provide one hour parent education sessions about local drug and alcohol trends in East Texas, and practical tips on how to prevent substance use at home. These presentations will be available at various times throughout the year.

Compliance Checks

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We are working in partnership with the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission to conduct random minor sting operations/compliance checks throughout the year to ensure retailers are not selling alcohol to minors.

Community Presentations and Workshops

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We provide community presentations and workshops for adults.

Student Prevention Teams

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We work with local middle schools and high schools to develop student prevention teams on campus. Prevention teams are an extension of the coalition, made up of students working to cultivate a culture on campus where being alcohol and drug free is the norm. These teams work to reach their peers through Radio public service announcements, counter advertisements (video, digital), images/posters, social media campaigns and student-led workshops and presentations, and community advocacy.<br />

Parents, you are the biggest influence.
Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by teens. The dangers are real, ranging from lower academic performance to alcohol poisoning and even fatality. The developing teenage brain is especially vulnerable to issues stemming from alcohol use since the brain is still developing into the mid-twenties. Research shows that 65% of teens say that they receive their alcohol from family and friends. As a community, we have a responsibility as parents and neighbors to eliminate underage drinking.

 

Prevent underage drinking at home by:

  • Hosting only alcohol-free parties for them.
  • Not allowing your child(ren), younger family members or their friends to possess or consume alcohol on your property.
  • Preventing your child(ren) or younger family members from attending unsupervised parties where alcohol may be available.
  • Talking to your child(ren) about the dangers of underage drinking, and communicating a strong disapproval message.

For more tips and resources, check out our blogs.

Our coalitions prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse primarily by targeting easy access- from family, friends and retailers. Our goal is to educate and equip adults with the knowledge and resources to begin the conversation at home.
Our Community Partners
We believe the only way to create lasting change is by working together.
Representatives from the following organizations have worked with us in some capacity to help with our underage drinking, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and prescription drug abuse prevention efforts in East Texas.

  • Tyler Police Department
  • Smith County Sheriff’s Office
  • Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission
  • Smith County Juvenile Probation
  • Titus County Juvenile Probation
  • Kilgore Police Department
  • Hallsville Police Department
  • Morris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Daingerfield Police Department
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • United Way of Smith County
  • Champions for Children
  • Literacy Council of Tyler
  • North Texas Community College Adult Literacy program
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Bridging the Gaps of Texarkana
  • Student National Pharmacy Association
  • Wise Up Rusk County

  • UT Tyler College of Pharmacy
  • UT Tyler Title IX Investigations
  • Tyler Junior College (Counseling Services)
  • Kilgore College
  • Northeast Texas Community College
  • Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center
  • Robert E. Lee High School
  • John Tyler High School
  • Cumberland Academy Middle School
  • Arp High School
  • Arp Junior High School
  • Winona High School
  • Winona Junior High School
  • Daingerfield ISD
  • Hughes Springs ISD
  • Pewitt ISD
  • Kilgore Middle School

  • Walmart Supercenter (Market 45 & 46)
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market (Tyler locations)
  • Chick-Fil-A Broadway Crossing
  • McDonalds 2705 E. 5th Street, 75701
  • McDonalds 1300 S. Beckham, 75701
  • McDonalds 3109 W. Gentry Pkwy, 75702
  • McDonalds 3820 Hwy 64 West, 75702
  • McDonalds 180 Loop 323 SSW, 75702
  • Bruno’s Pizza, Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler
  • Crystal Springs Spirits, Winona
  • Wildcat One Stop Shop, Winona
  • Aces High Liquor Store- Winona
  • North East Texas Credit Union
  • Glen Oaks Hospital
  • Robert E. Lee PTA
  • John Tyler PTA
  • Local parents

Blogs
Here are some resources that can help you start the conversation.

Back to school: 5 trends to know about alcohol and drugs

As you get ready for back to school, remember that with a new year comes new chances for your child ...
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6 steps to prevent underage drinking this summer

Summer is a time for kids to experience freedom from school and spend time with friends and family. However, extra ...
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5 myths parents believe about underage drinking

The legal drinking age of 21 doesn’t stop all parents from allowing underage drinking in their homes. In our prevention ...
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9 Warning Signs of Teen Substance Abuse

The consequences of youth substance abuse are serious, resulting in brain development problems, car accidents, risky sexual behavior, school dropouts ...
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5 tips for talking to kids about drugs and alcohol

Many parents wait until their children are in high school to talk about drugs and alcohol and that can be ...
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Social Hosting – What It Is and Why Adults Shouldn’t Do It

Social hosting refers to parents who knowingly provide alcohol to minors that are not their children or allow alcohol to ...
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Contact us
For more information or to find out how you can get involved in your area, contact our office at 903 939 9010.

 

East Texas Substance Abuse Coalition

If you live in Smith, Henderson, Rusk, Cherokee or Van Zandt Counties, ask for Christy Balduf. For more information or to get involved, follow our Facebook.

 

Piney Woods Substance Abuse Coalition

If you live in Gregg, Harrison or Marion Counties, ask for Rebecca Smith. For more information or to get involved, follow our Facebook.

 

Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse

If you live in Morris, Titus, Cass, Bowie or Franklin Counties, ask for Brad Johnson. For more information or to get involved, follow our Facebook.

 

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