MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Spring break is in full swing, that means relaxing and having fun. There's one potential danger though, underage drinking.
The Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse continue to see underage drinking as an issue in the area.
The group says kids are having their first drink at a younger age. Along with it, the costs continue to skyrocket for the state.
PBRCADA says the state most recently spent $5.5 billion in underage drinking costs, Midland and Odessa contributed $64 million.
"It's getting treated for alcohol, that's the lowest costs. The highest cost is youth violence, people getting into fights, people getting hurt. The next one is car crashes," said Kayla Fishbeck, Regional Evaluator, PBRCADA.
The group says parents talking to their kids and the belief drinking at a young age is cool will help decrease the number of underage drinkers.
Last summer, Odessa City Council passed the Social Host Ordinance. It punishes adults who provide the venue for kids to drink. PBRCADA says almost a handful of citations have been given out since the ordinance passed.
For more information on the Social Host Ordinance visit https://www.socialhostodessa.com/