A new grant by the state is targeting what Kansas studies show as a major issue -- underage drinking. Of all the substance abuse problems in the state, underage drinking is the most prevalent, according to state research.
A $10.5 Million grant aims to face the problem head on. allowing 14 counties, including Shawnee to form the Strategic Prevention Framework Advisory Council to battle the problem.
There was a kick-off meeting Wednesday at the Kansas History Museum.
Parents and students in attendance agreed communication is the key to success.
Emilee McComb says she hears students at her school talking about drinking at parties all the time. She feels sorry for them, believing that they are drinking away their real issues.
Wendy Robinson, mother of three, says talk to kids early and often, as high school may be too late.
Click the video to see more reaction from the young people of Kansas, including a terrible story that didn't keep kids from drinking.