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McCrory announces task force to fight substance abuse, underage drinking

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - North Carolina’s governor says he's trying to change the perception on college campuses.
     
He says it should be more about getting an education, not a right of passage for drugs and alcohol.

With Greenville being a busy hub for ECU and PCC, cracking down on underage drinking can be overwhelming. And people 9 On Your Side spoke with say funding sometimes gets in the way.
     
But with an executive order signed by Governor Pat McCrory, money will now go to prevention, education, enforcement and treatment centers.
     
Many stood in support with the governor including Harrisburg mayor Steve Sciascia. The mayor lost his oldest son joseph to an underage drinking related accident.
     
Dillon, his friend, was in the car at the time and is now bed ridden.

"I can tell you as a parent who lost their child, no one in this room wants to experience what my family has endured since 2011," said Mayor Steve Sciascia, lost son to underage drinking.

"It's an issue that frankly politicians universities parents and students have swept under the rug and we're not going to sweep it under the rug anymore," said Gov. Pat McCrory, (R) North Carolina.

The initiative will take time to be implemented.
     
The governor says by working with the ABC Commission and the Alcohol Law Enforcement division, the task force can make a difference.

Ten percent of all alcohol sold in North Carolina is consumed by underage drinkers; a majority of which are high school and college students.
     
McCrory calls it a major problem.
     
Prior to signing the executive order, McCrory was at a Boy Scout leadership event in Kinston.

The governor took note of the importance of having Boy Scouts in communities, specifically praising the efforts of one Scout leader.
     
Although McCrory wasn't a Scout for long, he says the program has an important impact on our youth and encouraged others to sign their children up too.
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