Teens using and abusing drugs and alcohol is becoming more prevalent in the country and that includes Christian County. The average age for teens to start drinking is 12, and part of that reason comes down to the parents. Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp said that it's important for parents to talk to kids about drinking earlier and have an open discussion, and also for parents to become educated themselves about this issue.
Kettlekamp said that parents shouldn't allow their underage kids to drink in the house even if there's adult supervision, and if it happens, major repercussions can occur for the family.
For more information visit christiancountysheriffsoffice.com or call the sheriff's office at 217-824-4961. Sheriff Kettlekamp appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.