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Winfield SADD Club participates in Project Sticker Shock at Fruth Pharmacy

Fruth Pharmacy in Winfield invited Project Sticker Shock representatives, including students from Winfield High’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club, to visit the store on March 7. Project Sticker Shock is a program to prevent underage drinking. Pictured left to right are, (back row) Margie Sadler, Debbie Hon, Cheslea Jarrell, Justin Edmonds, Aaron Smith and Bill O’Dell, (front row) Brooklyn Williams, Briaunna Conliffe, Alyssa Milbee, Madysen Vance and Lauren Shilot. Courtesy photo

Project Sticker Shock, a program for the prevention of underage drinking, continues to be active in Putnam County.

Working with the Putnam Wellness Coalition, five members of Winfield High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club -- Briaunna Conliffe, Madysen Vance, Alyssa Milbee, Brooklyn Williams and Lauren Shilot -- along with their advisor, Aaron Smith, assisted staff of the Fruth Pharmacy in Winfield and members of the Putnam Wellness Coalition to kick off Project Sticker Shock at the Winfield Fruth Pharmacy on March 7.

The mix of high school students, business people and concerned parents and adults came out to place reminder stickers on many of the alcohol products to remind clerks not to sell and adults not to purchase alcohol for anyone under the age of 21.

Participants included Margie Sadler, the state director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Debbie Hon, the community engagement specialist with The Health Plan and Danielle Gillispie, the Putnam County Schools’ Drug Prevention and Education coordinator.

The new store manager, Justin Edmonds, and assistant manager, Cheslea Jarrell, and the employees of Fruth Pharmacy in Winfield invited the Putnam Wellness Coalition and the Winfield High School SADD Club to conduct a Project Sticker Shock event at his store.

They want people to know their store is a place where families can purchase many different items without having to worry about the sale of alcohol products to underage individuals.

Edmonds came to Fruth in Winfield not long ago and wants everyone to know it is a safe place for youth and families to shop.

Bill O’Dell, the PWC project director, said, “Project Sticker Shock is designed to raise awareness about underage drinking and youth access to alcohol and to help strengthen the laws against providing alcohol to minors. Local, county and West Virginia State Police in Putnam County are taking this matters very seriously. Justin and the employees of Fruth in Winfield are stepping up and doing the right thing by not selling to youth and not allowing alcohol to get into the hands of youth.”

Project Sticker Shock is a campaign that groups such as the Putnam Wellness Coalition are participating in. This activity aims to reduce underage drinking by limiting youth access to alcohol. The goal is to educate adults who might provide alcohol to youth about the law that prohibits furnishing alcohol to minors. Youth from local high schools will place warning stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic beverages at participating local stores. The sticker warns that it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors.

For more information, contact the Putnam Wellness Coalition at billodell@regionalfrn.org.


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