Teen Nite Event Promoting Alcohol, Drug Awareness

Teen Nite Event Promoting Alcohol, Drug Awareness

By Zora Asberry

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse hosted an event called "Teen Nite" to encourage local youth to make healthy choices and to abstain from using drugs and alcohol.

Prom is just around the corner for many schools in the Permian Basin and peer pressure to make bad decisions like consuming alcohol or doing drugs is always present. That's why the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse decided to host their very first Teen Nite to help junior high and high school students have fun the right way.

Carrie Bronaugh, Prevention Program Director for the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, said, "Prom is a night of wonderful memories to be made and a lot of fun with young romance and friends, but it's also a night that can turn to tragedy very quickly with choices made by teenagers."

Teen Nite was filled with music, painting, games and movies, as well as guest speakers to help bring teens together and show them alternative ways to have fun.

"We've lost a lot of people in the last couple of months due to poor choices and so we just want to reiterate by having this night, bringing them a little bit of awareness towards underage drinking and driving, making healthy choices and decisions while they're in the midst of having fun and show they can have fun without using substances to have fun," said Bronaugh.

Two high school students from Odessa told NewsWest 9 how they plan to be safe and abstain from drugs and alcohol during prom night.

Alexus Galindo, high school student and member of the X-Out Youth Leadership Coalition, said, "There's going to be that temptation of alcohol whether there is security or not, so it's just being hazardous at times where you got to be safe."

High school student, Juan Hinojos, said, "Even after the prom, the after parties, try to stay away from those, probably go to I-Hop or something."

The Permian Basin Regional Council hopes to host another Teen Nite in the future and they hope that their message is heard by teens all over the Permian Basin.

"I hope and pray that every teenager out there going to prom next weekend and the following weekend have a wonderful time and they truly are able to make some wonderful memories to last a long time, but to have them be safe," said Bronaugh.