Officials Release Joint Statement on Potential Distribution, Use of Powdered Alcohol

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As part of their observance of National Alcohol Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs yesterday released a joint statement about the potential distribution and use of powdered alcohol in the commonwealth.

Acting Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said:

“The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Drug & Alcohol Programs support the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s decision to not allow the sale of powdered alcohol in Pennsylvania.

“This product is easy to conceal and could easily lead to an increase in substance abuse or misuse by minors and adults. In 2013, drunk driving accidents resulted in more than 342 deaths in Pennsylvania, with nearly 20% of those drivers falling between the ages of 16-20. The mission of the Department of Health is to improve the health of all Pennsylvanians.”

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Acting Secretary Gary Tennis said:

“We believe that the endorsement of products that may strongly appeal to our youth or make it easier for individuals to consume alcohol in places they would otherwise not be permitted to do so by law creates an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of Pennsylvania residents.”

For help and more information about substance abuse, Pennsylvanians should call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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