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|[pic] | | | |Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities | | |Frank E. Shelp, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner | | |Office of Communications | | |Two Peachtree Street NW, Suite 22.224, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142 ~ 404-657-2254 |

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR MORE INFORMATION:
APRIL 19, 2010 Kristie N. Swink
knswink@dhr.state.ga.us

DBHDD RECOGNIZES ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

ATLANTA (GA) – Georgia’s newest agency is highlighting the month of April to bring awareness to the dangers of alcohol use among underage youth. Since February, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Office of Prevention Services and Programs has partnered with the HHS Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia to place 24 billboards throughout the state, with seven located in counties throughout metro-Atlanta, emphasizing the importance of early communication. Billboards in metro-Atlanta are located off the Canton Highway Connector and I-20 in Rockdale, Morrow Industrial Blvd in Clayton, I-75 in Cobb, Chamblee Tucker Road in DeKalb, Metropolitan Ave., in Fulton, and Airport Rd., in Gwinnett.

“Getting the message out to every adult who has direct influence on a child’s life is extremely important to deterring early alcohol use among youth,” says Cassandra Price, M.B.A.,...