Music Event Aims To Keep Youth Drug And Alcohol Safe During Spring Break

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Clean Break 2010, a music and activity festival featuring 20 different acts, takes place Saturday, March 6. It was started last year by Cumberland Heights Treatment Center to prevent underage drinking and drug abuse during one of the most vulnerable times of the year for high school and college age kids.

We know all too well how alcohol and drug abuse can impact a young life, so we have created Clean Break 2010 as a Spring Break reminder and alternative.

Cumberland Heights, one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished alcohol and drug treatment centers, hosts Clean Break 2010, a music and activity festival created exclusively to encourage a clean and sober spring break among teens, this Saturday, March 6, at Rocketown.

More than 20 local and regional music acts including Jeffrey Steele are set to make appearances during the 8+hour event, which has a nominal cover charge of $5. Clean Break 2010 marks the second year for the event, which drew high school and college students from across Middle Tennessee and from as far away as Massachusetts and Texas last year.

“We know all too well how alcohol and drug abuse can impact a young life, so we are spearheading this event with the hope of preventing underage drinking and drug-use at this vulnerable time,” said Walt Quinn, vice president of marketing and development at Cumberland Heights. “Clean Break is a reminder of the perils so often put before young people during spring break and it is an opportunity for kids to celebrate sober and safely.”

Quinn said motivation to host the event is an alarming trend of youth accidents and fatalities directly related to drug and alcohol abuse during Spring Break. “Every year, we hear horror stories of young lives lost or forever damaged due to poor judgment resulting from drug and alcohol consumption,” said Quinn. “This trend is happening across the nation and right here in our community and we have to do something to reverse it. ”

According to estimates, 1,700 students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries. Nearly 600,000 students are injured unintentionally under the influence of alcohol, and 700,000 students are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. Additionally, more than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

“If we can save just one young person from a tragic result, we will consider this event a success,” said Quinn. “We think this has the potential to have a very positive impact on Middle Tennessee and perhaps beyond.”

Among the acts scheduled to appear are Heart and Beat, Maofer, Call Me Sir, Motives, The Compromise, When We Escape, The Kingston Springs, Ghosts of Antietam, Thaddues, Heroes for Tonight, Kiss Her Goodbye, Beyond the Coast, To Speak of Wolves, Us From Outside, Beartail, The Industry, Emerson Hart, Ken Block, Joint Heirs, Jeffrey Steele, Jenny Goforth and Music City Soul.

Sonic, McDonalds, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Coca-Cola and dippin’ dots will provide refreshments. Prizes and giveaways from Electronics Express, T-Mobile and tickets from the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sounds will also be offered. The event will be held at Rocketown, 401 Sixth Avenue South, Nashville from 1:30 – 10:00 p.m. For additional information, visit Clean Break ’10 on Facebook or http://www.cleanbreak2010.org.

Cumberland Heights’ primary mission is to treat alcohol and chemical abuse, which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation characterizes as “the nation’s number one health problem” costing over $144 billion annually. Cumberland Heights operates seven locations, including its flagship facility, a 170- acre campus located at 8283 River Road, 16 miles west of downtown Nashville.

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