Underage drinking is the #1 youth health crisis. It kills more young people annually than all other illicit drugs combined.
There were 126,704 emergency department visits by patients aged 20 and younger where alcohol was the only substance involved in the visit, according to a recent study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
WV Problems and Costs Associated with Underage Drinking
Underage drinking cost the citizens of West Virginia $350 million in 2005. These costs include medical care, work loss, and pain and suffering associated with the multiple problems resulting from the use of alcohol by youth. This translates to a cost of $2,122 per year for each youth in the State. West Virginia ranks 29th highest among the 50 states for the cost per youth of underage drinking. Excluding pain and suffering from these costs, the direct costs of underage drinking incurred through medical care and loss of work cost West Virginia $118 million each year.
Monongalia County ranks as the #1 county in the state of West Virginia for underage drinking offenses.
The Morgantown Area Youth Services Project (MAYSP) is a non-profit organization which operates under the administration of the Monongalia County Commission. A coalition of local and goverment officials formed the MAYSP project in 1996. MAYSP aims to reduce the incidence of delinquency, substance abuse, and violence among youth and young adults in Monongalia County, WV, through the provision of counseling intervention, education services, and community service.
MAYSP provides alcohol education programs to underage drinking offenders.
MAYSP also provides drug education programs for those 18 years and older cited for misdemeanor drug offenses and repeat underage drinking offenders.
- Individual and Group Intervention Services
- Alcohol/Substance Abuse Education
- Community Service Restitution
- Drug Testing
- Partnership with the WVU Student Assistance Program
- Ongoing Substance Abuse Counseling Services as indicated
160 Chancery Row, Suite 4, Morgantown, WV 26505 Phone: (304) 284-7321 Fax: (304) 284-9993