Underage Drinking


Surgeon General's Call to Action on Underage Drinking
The U.S. Surgeon General will issue a first-ever "Call to Action" on underage drinking prevention sometime during the Spring of 2006. As announced in the federal register on February 22, 2006, interested parties are invited to submit comments for consideration in the development of the "Call to Action." Comments must be limited to 500 words or less and submitted on or before March 15, 2006 (see federal register notice and instructions for submitting comments, below). This is a critical opportunity for the public health and safety, substance abuse prevention, family and child protection, education, and faith-based communities to weigh in on the scope and content of this important statement from the nation's top public health official. CSPI's comments on the Call to Action. Please submit comments and join us in pressing for a truly meaningful and effective Call to Action that can serve as a national wake-up call on the public health and safety crisis of underage drinking, and spur enhanced public and private efforts to seriously address it.
CSPI Comments on SG's Call to Action:
[Federal Register: February 22, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 35)]
[Page 9133-9134]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
Office of the Secretary
Surgeon General's Call to Action on Preventing Underage Drinking
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Surgeon General.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: On November 1, 2005 Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. announced his intent to issue a Call to Action on Preventing Underage Drinking. Issuance of this Call to Action is planned for the [[Page 9134]]
Spring of 2006. The purpose of this notice is to provide individuals and organizations with the opportunity to identify issues and areas of need for consideration in the development of the Call to Action. Comments must be in writing and should not exceed 500 words. All comments will receive careful consideration. However, persons and organizations submitting comments will not receive individual responses.
DATES: Comments must be submitted on, or before, March 15, 2006. Comments received after this date will not be considered.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent by mail or hand delivered to Ron Schoenfeld, Ph.D., Office of the Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-66, Rockville, MD 20852, or sent by e-mail to ctacomments@osophs.dhhs.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Schoenfeld, Ph.D., Office of the Surgeon General, e-mail: rschoenfeld@osophs.dhhs.gov. Surgeon General, e-mail: rschoenfeld@osophs.dhhs.gov.






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Updated March 16, 2006


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