The Harrison County Prevention Partnership held its monthly meeting Friday afternoon.
The main focus of the meeting was to discuss how to put an end to teen drinking.
Officials say that in West Virginia, 61% of high school students drink during the school week, and 17% of young people in the state have had their first drink at 13 years old or younger.
Both of those stats are higher than the national average.
“You know, sometimes kids are going to school and they’ve had their first drink already,” said Prevention Specialist Jo Anne McNemar. “They can’t think properly. It’s a depressant. A lot of kids think they need to have alcohol to have fun. Actually, it slows their system down.”
The next Harrison County Prevention Partnership meeting will be held May 10 at 2 p.m. at the Family Resource Network Office in Clarksburg.