Partners In Community Wellness: Lock It Up

Youth Alcohol Use
Lakes Region-Mount Washington Valley
(source:  2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
  • 34.5% of 9th-12th grade students reported having used alcohol in the past 30 days.  This is higher than the state average of 29.9%.
  • Binge drinking is a high risk form of alcohol use that involves the consumption of five or more drinks within a couple of hours.  21.5% of 9th-12th grade students reported binge-drinking in the past 30 days. This is higher than the state average of 16.8%.
Youth Prescription Drug Misuse
Lakes Region-Mount Washington Valley
(source:  2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
  • The most prevalent categories of misuse include opioid pain relievers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) and stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin).
  • 28.8% of 9th-12th of 9th-12th graders describe accessing prescription drugs without a prescription as either easy, or very easy

About Lock It Up

The Lock It Up Campaign was developed by the Partners in Community Wellness (PICW) Regional Network to raise awareness of the issues of prescription drug abuse and underage drinking. Students from Belknap County created the artwork for the logo.


Lock It Up addresses two important components of the problem: SOCIAL ACCESS & AVAILABILITY. The majority of underage drinkers obtain alcohol from friends or family – with or without permission. By keeping alcohol locked up, parents make it unavailable. In addition, the majority of people who abuse prescription drugs, obtain them from family or friends, again, most often times ‘helping themselves’ from the medicine cabinet. When prescription medication is locked up, it is unavailable to those who do not need it for medical reasons.


A Special Thank You To:

The Core Youth Leaders who designed and developed the artwork and public service announcements for the Lock It Up Program.
The Partners in Community Wellness Social Marketing Subcommittee
Media Power Youth
The Partners in Prevention Leadership Team

Funding Provided By: NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant.

Keep Your Child Safe Resources:
  • Drug Free NH
    A website designed to help individuals, families, and communities to get informed, get involved and get help!  You will find information on prevention efforts, effects of alcohol and other drugs, guidance on recovery and treatment and links to programs in the Granite State. . .and more.
  • Medicine Abuse Project
    Resources for Parents & Grandparents, Health Care Providers, Community & Law Enforcement and Educators.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy
    Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of young people. While many challenges remain, overall drug use in the United States has dropped substantially over the past thirty years.
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free America
    The Partnership at is a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults.
  • Stop Medicine Abuse
    The prevention campaign Stop Medicine and its Five Moms initiative is working to alert parents and members of the community about the problem of teen abuse of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicines containing dextromethorphan (DXM).
For more information, contact  Kelley Gaspa, Director of Prevention & Intervention Programs, at (603) 528-2145 or

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