From the Santa Clara Unified School District
Free Community Event in San Jose.
Presentation will be given in Spanish and English
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010, 6–8pm
Mayfair Community Center 2039 Kammerer Ave. San Jose, CA 95116 (map)
Contact Linda Goldston at 408-920-5862.
Teens and drinking program
Debbie Allen will be speaking at the Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., in San Jose. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. There is no charge. For more information, call 408-292-7292.
In light of the recent loss in Gilroy of Sarah Botill in December 2009, Voices United is bringing Debbie Allen, Redding, CA, to speak about the loss of her daughter to alcohol poisoning (binge drinking) in 2008.From the San Jose Mercury News:
From the 2005 blog post "Preventing Binge Drinking in High School", in which the video Tell Me Something I Don't Know on binge drinking and its dangers, was introduced. The video is available from the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta: http://www.phigam.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=291&srcid=281&chid=63
By Linda Goldston
An expert on the perils of teen drinking — a parent who learned the hard way after her 17-year-old daughter died of alcohol poisoning — will speak Tuesday evening in San Jose about the need to educate young people and their parents about danger signs that can lead to death.
After her daughter died in December 2008, Debbie Allen of Redding vowed to dedicate her life to trying to prevent the death of more teenagers from alcohol — especially if there were clear danger signs and no one knew what to do about them.
Her speech is called "Alcohol + Vomiting = 911."
In a December interview with the Mercury News, Allen said most teenagers think vomiting is a normal thing when you drink.
"They don't see it as a big deal, an alarm," she said. "If they're vomiting and fall unconscious, the only way to save them is to get medical attention."
Her daughter, Shelby, died after drinking with two friends late at night. She started throwing up in the night and was unconscious by morning. She died shortly after a call to 911 around 9 a.m.
Some of the circumstances are similar to the death of 15-year-old Sarah Botill in Gilroy in December. Sarah and two friends were drinking at a sleepover to celebrate the birthday of one of them. She, too, started throwing up and went in and out of consciousness. She, too, died shortly after 911 was called around 9 a.m.
But unlike Shelby Allen's case, an autopsy was unable to determine thecause of Sarah's death. A coroner's report said there may have been multiple factors involved in her death, including alcohol, a heart murmur, and the possible aspiration of vomit or water.
"Everyone needs to know the ones who die are just the tip of the iceberg," said Gabrielle Antolovich, executive director of Voices United, a nonprofit group that provides information and resources on substance use and addiction in Silicon Valley.
"How many times has a friend been comatose but you're afraid to call for help?" she said. "We're all still hiding these experiences."
Another speaker will share a family story of a teenager drinking where the woman's mother intervened in time and her sister lived.
After the death of her daughter, Allen formed the Shelby Lyn Allen Alcohol Poisoning Foundation and speaks to groups around the state.
"When you're not educated about how to recognize the signs and you're scared about getting into trouble and you're under the influence, you're afraid to take action," Antolovich said.
Phi Gamma Delta is pleased to announce the release of an updated version of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know! Released July 1, 2008, the feedback of our audience shaped the update of this award-winning film. While the update did not drastically change contents of the video, it provides a contemporary feel to better relate to today’s students. The new Tell Me Something I Don’t Know also features updated statistics, a new host, and allows viewers to hear from Scott Krueger’s parents.
Since its original release in 2003, educators and students and found the video to be powerful tool in opening dialogue about hazing, alcohol use and abuse and other risky behaviors high school and college students encounter. Phi Gamma Delta has distributed over 5,000 copies of this educational video, and we conservatively estimate that it has reached over 100,000 college and high school students and parents.