2M2L aims to decrease underage drinking and related social problems and provides training for law enforcement, alcohol retailers, and community organizations.

QUAPAW - Area law enforcement officers gathered at the Downstream Casino March 6 for a "2 Much 2 Lose" (2M2L) training session hosted by ROCMND Area Youth Services.

Established in 2007, ROCMND RPC works with communities on stopping underage drinking, drug use, and tobacco use as well as misuse across the lifespan.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the 2M2L project aims to decrease underage drinking and related social problems by decreasing youth access to alcohol.

The project's multi-pronged approach includes training for law enforcement, alcohol retailers, and community organizations.

Captain Erik Smoot with the ABLE Commission conducted the training, and law enforcement officers from Miami, Quapaw, Wyandotte Tribal, Fairland, Bernice, Grove, Langley, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and Rogers County Sheriff’s Office were all in attendance.

Each officer received eight CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training) hours.

During the training, Smoot discussed alcohol laws and how to enforce them, including the new liquor laws that will take effect October 1, 2018.

Upcoming changes to alcohol laws in the state will include the sale of wine and high-point beer in grocery and convenience stores, extended hours for breweries, and offer Oklahoma counties the opportunity to vote on Sunday liquor sales.

Officers also reviewed how to conduct alcohol compliance checks, Oklahoma's Social Host law, and preventing and dispersing underage drinking parties.

Oklahoma’s Social Host law puts the responsibility for underage drinking on the person providing the location for the gathering — whether the host is an adult or a minor and applies even if the host rents, owns, or simply provides the location.

First time Social Host violations carry a fine up to $500. If a person is injured or killed because of a Social Host violation, the host can be charged with a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to $2,500.

The 2M2L session also covered fake ID's, how to recognize them, and the various types that are being found and used in Oklahoma.

Upcoming Training

ROCMND will be hosting a two-day 2M2L training event Thursday and Friday, June 27- 28 at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa. For more information, contact Heather Ramseyer at 918-256-7518.

ROCMND RPC is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS).

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor of the Miami News-Record. Email her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follower her on Twitter @dm_ballard.