Local Richard Michiel of Teen Stopper Protection Partners with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to Help Distribute the Bottle Blocker

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Inventor Richard Michiel of Teen Stopper Protection, partners with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) to help distribute the tamper-proof device to lock liquor and pill bottles and reduce access to teens. Twenty-five percent of the sales of the Bottle Blocker purchased through LICADD will be donated to the agency.

I know that the Bottle Blocker can make a difference. I know we can save some lives.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is partnering with Richard Michiel of Teen Stopper Protection to help prevent underage drinking. Twenty-five percent of sales from the Bottle Blocker made through LICADD will be donated to the nonprofit agency’s substance abuse and prevention programs.

The Bottle Blocker is a patent pending, tamper-proof locking device that can be secured over the cap of any liquor bottle. The two-piece device fits on any bottle with a neck. Users place the balloon-like, latex cover over the bottle and then secure it in place with a custom cable tie. The ties come in a custom-color with an imprinted logo, which makes replacing them nearly impossible for an unauthorized user. Removing the lock is not a problem, what makes this work, is that once it is removed; they cannot put it back on, so they will get caught.

The Bottle Blocker can also be used on pill bottles, ensuring that prescriptions are safe and not immediately accessible to children. If users have pills to take on a regular basis, Michiel recommends the Deluxe Kit, which comes with a locking box that can hold the replacement parts, as well as a few pill bottles. Keeping prescriptions under lock and key makes access easy for the user and unavailable for children.

Michiel, a Nesconset/ Long Island resident, invented the product to take action against the high numbers of injuries and deaths that occur each year as a result of underage drinking. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among US youth, and contributes toward more than 4,700 annual deaths among the youth population.

Additionally, according to the CDC, in 2008, there were approximately 190,000 emergency room visits by persons under age 21 for alcohol-related injuries and conditions.

“Most kids get their first taste of alcohol from their parent’s liquor cabinet,” says LICADD Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds. “Parents who use Bottle Blocker will send a clear message to their kids that they won’t tolerate underage drinking, and violation of the device will give them the opportunity to address alcohol abuse before it spirals into a more serious problem. With increased enforcement of social host laws and the advent of spring parties, parents need to act affirmatively to both protect their kids and limit their liability.”

To purchase the Bottle Blocker, please visit http://www.BottleBlocker.com. Use coupon code LICADD at the online checkout for a 5% discount, and 20% of the purchase price will support LICADD’s programs.

Both the Basic and the Deluxe Kit come with 24 units of the Bottle Blocker -- enough to take on the average home’s liquor supply and still have plenty of replacements.

“Every day I read something in the news about underage drinking and the effects it has on the youth of America and their families. I know that the Bottle Blocker can make a difference. I know we can save some lives,” says Michiel. “The Bottle Blocker is a deterrent that will hopefully help kids make better decisions at home. Once parents are alerted to a problem at home, they can take the next step, and that’s where LICADD can help big time.”

About the Bottle Blocker
For more information on the Bottle Blocker, and how it could work for your home, please visit http://www.BottleBlocker.info. The online store offers basic kits that are available for $19.95. The deluxe kits are available for $49.95, and come in a locking box to prevent access to any supplies.

The LICADD website is at http://www.LICADD.org. You can also call 516-747-2606 (Nassau County) or 631-979-1700 (Suffolk County)

CONTACT: Richard Michiel
President Teen Stopper Protection

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