STORING AND MONITORING ALCOHOL AT HOME
Alcohol availability and easy access to alcohol are related to greater consumption of alcohol and alcohol-related problems among adolescents. Monitoring your alcohol and completing an alcohol inventory can help keep track of the alcohol in your home.
Prescription Drug Collection Program
The City of Franklin Police Department offers Prescription Drug Collection for Franklin residents. You may drop off any unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. The drop box is available 24/7 in the lobby of the Franklin Police Department at 9455 W. Loomis Road.
Party Tip Line
If you suspect an underage alcohol party, call the ANONYMOUS tip line at: (414) 425-2537
Parent Party Tips from Parents Who Host Lose the Most
If a party is hosted at your residence:
- Help your teen plan the party. Make a guest list and invite only a specific number of people.
- Have your child send invitations and try to avoid the “open party” situation.
- Don’t send e-mail invitations. They can be forwarded to a large number of people quickly and you lose control of who has this information.
- Put your phone number on the invitation and welcome calls from parents.
- Have plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Plan some activities such as music, games, movies, etc.
- Let your neighbors know in advance there will be a party and that you will be there to supervise.
- Familiarize yourself with your community’s noise ordinance.
- Limit the party access to a certain area of the house/property.
- Have a plan for dealing with vehicles. Include parking information on your party invitation.
- Call parents of any teen who arrives with alcohol or under the influence of alcohol tobacco or other drugs. If you can’t get in touch with the parents, keep the teen there or call the police if necessary. You can be civilly liable if you know they have been drinking and you let them leave.
- Secure all forms of alcohol, firearms and other potentially hazardous items in your home.
- Invite other parents to help chaperone if there will be a large number of teenagers.
If a teen is attending a party in someone else’s home:
- Know where your child will be. Call the parent in charge to verify the occasion and location of the party and ensure there will be adult supervision.
- Ask how many teens are expected at the party and offer to help supervise or provide refreshments.
- Make certain that the host will not be serving or allowing alcohol. Ask how the parents plan to handle the situation if a teen shows up with alcohol or has been drinking.
- Set a curfew for your teen and when they arrive home, have them check in with you.
- Know how your child is getting to and from the party. Reinforce the message to your teenager that they should never allow someone who has been drinking or using other drugs to drive them anywhere.
- Assure your child that they can call you to be picked up whenever needed.
- Get to know your children’s friends and their parents.
- Find out your children’s friends’ parents policy on alcohol, drug and tobacco use.
- When you’re out of town, remind your children of their responsibilities and the consequences of their actions.