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Substance Use Disorder

Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) | Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving (ROADD) Coalition | Legal Consequences for Minors | Talk Sooner |  Mobile Eyes | Medication Disposal | Contact | Related Websites 

Free* Lock It Up Medication Bag

Call 616-393-5734 to pick up your free Lock It Up medication bag or go to 12251 James Street, Suite 400, Holland anytime Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

*Not for resale.


TiPS Training Brochure

Ottawa County offers a low cost alcohol service training called TiPS (Training for Intervention Procedures). TiPS is nationally recognized and suggested by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The training prepares retailers and servers to minimize the legal and safety risks associated with alcohol misuse that pose a threat to our community. The course provides information, skills training and practices customized to each establishment. Certification lasts for three years, after completion of the course.

The cost of the training is $20 per person and includes a workbook, all materials and a black light (to help identify fake IDs) for each establishment. To register, contact Allison Selner, Health Educator, at (616) 393-5734 or

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Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving (ROADD) Coalition

ROADD is a community coalition (a part of the OSAP Coalition), which seeks to reduce underage drinking and alcohol involved crashes in Ottawa County by reducing underage access to alcohol, increasing the perception of the consequences of drunk driving and encouraging responsible beverage service practices. For more information contact Allison Selner, Health Educator, at (616) 393-5734 or

Alcohol-Related Legal Consequences for Minors in Ottawa County

Alcohol-related offenses cause serious consequences for minors as described below:

Minor in Possession (MIP)

Possess, consume, purchase or have any bodily alcohol content.

  • First Offense: Misdemeanor
  • $100 fine
  • Community service
  • Substance abuse treatment services

Furnishing to a Minor

  • First offense: Misdemeanor
  • $1,000 fine, 60 days in jail
  • Community service

If resulting in death,

  • Felony, 10 years in prison and $5,000 fine

Social Host Law: To knowingly allow possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage or controlled substance by an underage person.
Social gathering is defined as an assembly of two or more individuals for any purpose, unless all of the individuals attending the assembly are members of the same household or immediate family.

  • First Offense: Misdemeanor
  • $1,000 fine, 30 days in jail

Fraudulent ID to purchase alcohol

  • First Offense: Misdemeanor
  • $100 fine, 93 days in jail

OWI (Operating While Intoxicated)

  • First Offense: Misdemeanor
  • $500 fine, 93 days in jail
  • 360 hours community service
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Six points added to driving record
  • Driver Responsibility Fee: $1,000 for 2 years

Zero Tolerance Law

Under the age of 21 and operating with any Bodily Alcohol Content (BAC), means having a BAC of 0.02 to 0.07 or any presence of alcohol in your body other than alcohol that is consumed at a generally recognized religious eyes

Social Host & Mobile Eyes Flyer

Impact on the Future

Having an alcohol fine or conviction could affect acceptance to competitive programs and future job offers in fields such as medicine, health, engineering, veterinary medicine, education, law and the military. Involvement in school activities, college admission, financial aid and scholarships could also be affected.
For more information about Michigan law, visit

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Mobile Eyes – Call 911 on Drunk Drivers

Call 911 when:

  • someone is drinking while driving.
  • a car is swerving or violating traffic signals.
  • someone is visibly intoxicated; walking to their car to drive.

What to do next:

  • explain the reason for the call.
  • give a vehicle description and the license plate number.
  • give a location (e.g. North on US 31).

Share the Mobile Eyes flyer

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Medication Disposal drug misuse and abuse. Free disposal of unwanted or expired prescription drugs and over the counter medications are accepted at participating locations. Please remove pills from bottles and place in a sealable plastic bag. Liquids or gels may be kept in original packages with the labels blackened or removed. Click for Disposal Locations

Click here for more information about the GR Red Project’s Clean Works Program – syringe access/needle exchange program.

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Talk Sooner Campaign

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention

Ottawa County Youth are using more than just alcohol at the age of 14. Find out how to talk to your kids about drugs and help prevent youth substance abuse.

TALK EARLY. TALK OFTEN. GET THE APP! The Talk Sooner campaign now has an app for iPhone and Android! This app will give you tips and tricks for how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol and other drugs.



Allison Selner
Health Educator
(616) 393-5734

Related Websites

For Parents

Alcohol Rehab Guide provides information to alcohol addiction programs and confidential help.

CDC: What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Pregnancy | Factsheet

Mayo Clinic: What are the effects of the use of marijuana during pregnancy?

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc. provides straightforward information about how to address alcohol issues with your children. 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism provides information, publications and news. Did you know 1 in 4 children will grow up in a home where someone drinks too much? (Also available in Spanish)

National Institute on Drug Abuse provides the “Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction”.

The Partnership at is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse. Their website allows parents to connect with each other, tap into expert advice and find support in their role as heroes to their kids.

For Teens

Above The Influence is a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not getting pressured into drinking, doing drugs or doing anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in.