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Posted: Friday, February 21st 2014 at 1:21pm

Plans announced for substance abuse video contest

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - Lauren Markovich, former intern and the new Prevention Coordinator for the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County, is chair of the work group planning the third annual Drug Free Coalition of Hall County’s Face it…Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest.

The contest is open to groups of two-to-three youth either in middle school, grades 6–8, or high school, grades 9-12.

Students are encouraged to create "innovative and effective" substance abuse prevention video messages to their peers and the greater Hall County area.

Submitted videos must emphasize one or more of the three substances of Coalition focus: alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse. Videos are to be no longer than two minutes and address one or both of the following topics:

1. A Healthy Me is Drug Free
2. Living Above The Influence of Drugs and Alcohol

Videos should be posted on YouTube, using the creators own YouTube account, and email that link to Deadline for submissions is March 10.

Complete guidelines and forms needed to enter the 2014 Youth Substance Prevention Video Contest are available for download on the Coalition’s website ( To be eligible for entry in the contest all group members need to individually submit a Parental Media Release form and a Video Information form must be completed for each group. Prizes, yet to be determined, will be awarded to thewinning first and second place videos of middle and high school students.

In 2010, there were 24 accidental prescription drug overdose deaths in Hall County. According to the 2010 Georgia Student Health Survey II, the average age of onset use of alcohol is 12 years of age, and the average age of onset use of marijuana is 12.6 years of age.

“In 2013, the second annual video contest, we doubled the number of video submissions from 16 to 34; our hope is to receive at least 50 video submission this year. The youth of Hall County have submitted original and thought provoking videos in the past and we expect to see amazingly creative entries again,” said JP Banks, Coalition Director.

For further information contact: Lauren Markovich at or call the Coalitionoffice at 770-534-1080 x277.
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