Category Archives: Alcohol

Stop the Pain


The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, in collaboration with Life Center Stage, created an awareness campaign Share Your Story #Stop The Pain, focused on bringing light — through stories, photography and videos –on how the opioid epidemic affects real people! This initiative, which started with three 30-second Opioid Awareness spots featuring people sharing how the opioid crisis has personally affected them, also impacted those telling their stories. After filming the 30 second spot, Loren O’Donnell expressed, “I unleashed repressed feelings, I needed that. Thank you. I am forever grateful” Learning how sharing had made a difference, CCSHM invited the community to share their stories and experiences with opioids, addiction, stigma- as well as their stories of hope and recovery- on our website  The website will showcase the stories, videos and photographs from the Stop The Pain Opioid Awareness Spots, #StopThePain social media feed of publicly posted stories along with up to date resources for those struggling with this opioid crisis. We invite you to visit the link below and submit your own story.


For the past several months, CCSHM has been delivering tool kits to local bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. These tool kits contain a black light, an ID book, a “Get Your ID Out” card, and a letter from CCSHM. These tool kits can be utilized to examine ID cards and have key things to look for that a fake ID most likely will not have. Aside from being able to separate the fake IDs from real ones, these tool kits will also let underage people know that bars and liquor stores are looking more thoroughly at identification and having the get your id out signs will make people aware of carding before even entering the liquor store.

These tool kits are putting us one step closer to eliminating underage drinking in the peak locations in Morris County.

Underage drinking in our community

Underage drinking is happening in our community, as early as 6th grade. In a local school, 1.7% of middle-schoolers had had a drink in the past 30 days. Nearly 17% of children felt that there was slight to no risk of harming oneself if they drank 5 or more drinks once or twice a week. 16% said there was slight or no risk in harming oneself if they drink one or two alcoholic beverages nearly everyday.

Though these numbers are not extremely high, young children are beginning to lower their perception of risk of drinking alcohol. The lower this perception becomes, the higher the risk actually is. If children do not perceive risk, they are more likely to try something. Trying to drink alcohol at such a young age is very dangerous for the developing brain and can lead to harmful consequences. It is important to inform children that the legal drinking age is 21 because by then, brains are almost fully developed, which keeps the brain safer. Alcohol is a toxin, and informing people of this is important for lowering the usage amongst underage persons.