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      Impact Futures works to reduce underage drinking

      Impact Futures hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the issues of underage drinking in Amarillo.

      "We do have a problem in Amarillo," said Project Director of Impact Futures, LaViza Matthews. "More kids abuse alcohol than they do any other drugs or smoking or anything else."

      The town hall meeting went over strategizes that parent could use to help reduce underage drinking in Amarillo.

      According to a school survey conducted by Impact Futures, over 50% of Amarillo students said that they would go to their parents when they had questions about alcohol or other high risk behaviors. They say parents do have power.

      "We want to be able to equip our parents with different strategies and basically put tools in their tool belt so they know how to talk to their kids," said Matthews.

      One of the speakers for the town hall meeting experienced firsthand the damage that drinking can cause.

      Ron George, a member of MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, shared his story about the death of his 11-month-old granddaughter who was killed at the hands of a drunk driver. Sharing his story and helping to prevent something like this from happening he says gives him comfort.

      "It keeps Lucy alive in our hearts and so that she didnâ??t die for no reason at all. So we just believe that if we can help some other people to keep this from happening it keeps her alive in our hearts," said George.

      For more information on Impact Futures, visit