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Social Host laws in the County of San Diego

Posted on 17 October 2022 by Monica Zech

Social Host Ordinances

social host reporting info
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department aims to provide you with the highest quality of public safety service. Part of this mission is keeping your children safe. We are committed to preventing underage drinking/marijuana use and saving lives. We want to raise awareness of this critical issue by providing information on this page about the risks of underage drinking/marijuana use and Social Host laws in the County of San Diego.

State law prohibits minors under the age of 21 from purchasing, possessing, or consuming marijuana. Adult use between the ages of 18 and 21 is only allowed with a medicinal marijuana card, yet according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:

  • Many teens believe that marijuana is safer than alcohol or other drugs
  • Regular use of marijuana can lead to significant problems, including Cannabis Use Disorder and withdrawal can interfere with other activities
  • Pictures below of parties providing alcohol to minors:

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Short-term use of marijuana can lead to:

  • School difficulties
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Increased aggression
  • Car accidents
  • Use of other drugs or alcohol
  • Risky sexual behaviors
  • Worsening of underlying mental health conditions, including mood changes and suicidal thinking
  • Increased risk of psychosis
  • Interference with prescribed medication

State law prohibits minors under age 21 from purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol, yet a report from the American Medical Association finds:

  • 2 out of 3 teens said it was easy to get alcohol
  • 1 in 3 said it was easy to get alcohol from their own consenting parents
  • 2 out of 5 said it was easy to get alcohol from a friend’s parents
  • 1 in 4 said they’d attended a party where youth under 21 were drinking in front of parents

A study from the American Medical Association also shows underage drinking is a factor in nearly half of all teen car crashes, which is the leading cause of death among teenagers. Well-meaning parents often host drinking parties on behalf of their children, but these gatherings can quickly spiral out of control. Hosting at home doesn’t change the facts or lessen the dangers of:

  • social host graphic
  • Alcohol poisonings
  • Brain damage
  • Chronic alcohol addiction
  • Car crashes
  • Property damage
  • Community disturbance
  • Risky sexual behavior and sexual assault
  • Fighting
  • Accidental injuries due to falls or poor judgment

Social Host brochure

A “Social Host” is anyone who knowingly hosts parties where minors are provided alcohol or marijuana on property that adults own, lease, or otherwise controls. A Social Host ordinance assigns responsibility to those who knew or should have known minors were consuming alcohol or marijuana on their property.

Anyone hosting a party is required to:

  • Verify the age of guests
  • Control access to alcohol or marijuana for those under 21
  • Supervise minors

Anyone allowing minors (under 21) to drink alcohol or ingest marijuana in any form will be held accountable and may be:

  • Cited/arrested
  • Fined up to $1,000 or more
  • Serve up to six months in jail
  • Billed for law enforcement services

Social Host Ordinance Documents

Start Smart

Report Social Host Violations

Report Social Host violations to:

  • Sheriff’s Department: 858-565-5200
  • Students Speaking Out Hotline: 888-580-8477


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Fentanyl Poisoning – It’s Killing Kids/Teens

Posted on 15 October 2022 by Monica Zech

The Critical Risks of Fentanyl Poisoning – It’s Killing Kids/Teens

There’s a growing crisis across the country, and most parents are still unaware of the dangers to their kids.

Fentanyl poisoning is killing kids — in every neighborhood and school.

There are too many stories in the news featuring young people killed by fentanyl poisoning. But, unfortunately, it’s not just happening to kids you think are ‘bad’ or ‘troubled.’ It’s happening in middle schools across America.

The Risks of Fentanyl Poisoning To Teens –

The following link relates to the Fentanyl issue in a news story that occurred Friday evening, November 4, 2022. The responding officers had been trained to use NARCAN; without it, the two teens would have died.

CDC – Centers for Disease Control

DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

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Be Informed on the Dangers of Drugs

Posted on 14 October 2022 by Monica Zech

Be Informed When it Comes to the Dangers of Drugs

Information from the Experts:

DEA – Drug Enforcement Administration

Fentanyl Awareness (

CDC – Centers for Disease Control

The FACTS About Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. As a result, it is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S.

There are two types of fentanyl: pharmaceutical fentanyl and illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Both are considered synthetic opioids. Doctors prescribe pharmaceutical fentanyl to treat severe pain, especially after surgery and for advanced-stage cancer.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related overdose are linked to illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which is distributed through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. In addition, it is often added to other drugs because of its extreme potency, which makes drugs cheaper, more powerful, more addictive, and more dangerous.

*The Critical Risks of Fentanyl Poisoning – It’s Killing Kids

The Risks of Fentanyl Poisoning To Teens –


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Dangers of Drunk Driving, Drowsy Driving, and Distracted Driving

Posted on 16 May 2022 by Monica Zech

Taking a Look At The Dangers of Drunk Driving, Drowsy Driving, and Distracted Driving.

A research article from Injury Trial Lawyers Meirowitz & Wasserberg in New York, compares the dangers of drunk driving, drowsy driving, and distracted driving. Not surprisingly, they are all terrifyingly dangerous often resulting in injury and death on our roadways.

To see these articles, as well as some specific statistics and details about drunk driving, click on the link below:

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Alcohol, Depression, and Intervention – Resources

Posted on 07 February 2022 by Monica Zech

Find Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers Near You – A Variety of Resources Provided Below:

If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol, get the help you need today. We will find a top-rated treatment program. 


From the “Addiction Experts,” a helpful resource on “intervention.”


A Resource to Help You Pay for Rehab

Paying for Rehab and Knowing Your Options – Rehab Spot’s overall goal is to provide trusted resources, relevant information, and referral services for addicted individuals and their families.

This new resource provides valuable information regarding “alcohol and depression.”

Please click on the following link for additional information.

Alcohol and Depression:

The following link can help you find a “rehab center” in your area.

Drug and Alcohol Detox Centers Directory – Find Detox Near You (


Drug Rehab & Alcohol Treatment Center in Massachusetts

NorthEast Addiction Treatment Center is an accredited Massachusetts Drug Rehab that provides guidance and treatment for individuals and family members who struggle with addiction. Our facility provides individuals with tailored treatment plans in a culturally humble and gender-responsive environment and evidence-based treatments for addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.

Alongside our decades of knowledge in recovery treatments, we’re also proudly accredited by the Joint Commission, which is considered “The Gold Standard” in accreditation for behavioral health facilities and organizations.

Because of this, we strive to have our site be an educational resource by providing up-to-date, accurate, and evidence-based information related to addiction, substance abuse, mental health, and treatment on our blog. This is done to increase understanding and awareness of addiction – a disease that affects many.

Please don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Community Outreach
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center


Additional Resource:

Defining Wellness Centers

What is Medical Detox from Alcohol and other Drugs?

It’s sad to see friends and family have a mental illness or substance misuse, especially nowadays when overdose deaths have topped 100,000 in the past year, according to the CDC. This is where we come in. My department does ongoing research,  writing and publishing educational articles covering subjects of alcoholism, substance misuse, and mental health.

Please take a look at our mental health and detox guide. It’s incredible to see how interconnected the body and mind are, especially when one-third of people with a physical health condition also suffer from some form of mental health ailment.

Get help today by calling – (855) 466-4146


Boca Recovery Center

A free web resource that provides information about addiction, pregnancy, eating disorders, and mental health issues.

Alcohol addiction is one of the most common substance use disorders. Many consider consuming alcohol a socially acceptable activity, but some struggle to monitor their consumption and suffer mental and physical consequences.

At Boca Recovery Center, we strive to help those struggling with alcohol addiction, inspiring the creation of our Alcohol Addiction guide. In the guide, we answer common questions like:

– What are the health impacts of alcoholism?
– How can you recognize alcohol addiction?
– What do detox and rehabilitation look like?
And more.

Please visit:


How To Deal With Depression: 11 Holistic & Clinical Approaches

Understanding how to deal with depression can help anyone affected by different kinds of clinical depression. Clinical approaches may include pharmaceuticals or behavioral therapy, while holistic methods may involve yoga, breathwork, and meditation.

Click on this link for resources from Free Rehab

How To Deal With Depression: 11 Holistic & Clinical Approaches –

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Website Links on Safety

Posted on 25 January 2022 by Monica Zech

The following are valuable websites providing more information on driving safety:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Check their Catalog Materials page for free safety information materials.


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


Here’s another good one – “Is Your Car Safe?” – Safer



Help Prevent Drowsy Driving

Each year, there are approximately 100,000 car crashes and 1,500 deaths caused by drowsy driving. To help spread awareness on this issue, an article was recently published that explains common warning signs, which may be at risk, and tips on preventing drowsy driving. 

You can find it here:


Car Emergencies Guide:

A big “thank you” to Blake Stevens for making me aware of the following website:


This website has an extensive list of essential items every driver should have in their vehicle in an emergency. It covers the basics for driving during bad weather and general road safety. In addition, this website offers additional links on driving safety. It’s all about being prepared – and saving lives!

Thank you, Blake!

Monica Zech
Veteran Air Traffic Reporter/Safe Driving Educator

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Alcohol Abuse and Binge Drinking Resources

Posted on 06 August 2021 by Monica Zech

Many of us know of a friend, family member, or someone that’s suffering from a mental health ailment, co-occurring disorder, or addiction. To make things worse COVID continues and more people have turned to alcohol to cope with the unprecedented uncertainty and stress. Even though fewer people are driving, more have been using alcohol. This has, unfortunately, lead to a 9% increase in alcohol-related deaths on the road. The largest jump since 2007 according to MADD, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.


What to Know About Binge Drinking

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MADD is Here for You!

Posted on 12 March 2021 by Monica Zech



MADD is here for you!
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ‘s mission is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.


MADD – Local Office:

San Diego Office Address: 9948 Hibert Street, #107
San Diego, CA 92131
Open: M-F: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: (858) 564-0780

Are you or someone you know a victim of a DUI collision? 

Victim Services provided at No Charge – MADD strives to provide as many services as possible to drugged and drunk driving crashes victims.

Listed below are some examples of services that MADD may be able to provide. The actual services provided will be based on availability.

  • Offer emotional support to those impacted by phone, in person, or via email.
  • Provide a wide selection of free brochures and literature, available in English and Spanish related to the crash’s aftermath.
  • Provide information, education, and assistance in understanding the various laws related to drunk and drugged driving laws in your area.
  • Education on the criminal justice process and court proceedings
  • Assistance with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement to present at the sentencing of the offender. Depending on availability, sometimes MADD can accompany you to a court or if you are unable to attend, keep you informed of the legal proceedings
  • Assist victims in understanding their rights as a victim and completing an application for Crime Victims Compensation
    Assist in preparing statements for parole hearings or probation hearings
  • Referrals to local community resources, including but not limited to support groups, crisis professional counselors, and civil attorneys.


MADD was there for my family and me when a DUI driver killed my father on June 5, 1992. (My father pictured here) MADD helped us through the court process, what to expect and what our rights were.  We are eternally grateful for their valuable support.  Since then, I’ve been a MADD guest speaker and supporter of MADD.


If you are looking for a MADD speaker for your group, class, company, or Military Safety Stand-Down, don’t hesitate to get in touch with MADD, we’re available to speak to your group!

MADD San Diego Office number: Phone: (858) 564-0780

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