SOUTHINGTON - The STEPS Coalition is looking to patent Liquor Stickers intended to prevent alcohol abuse by young people.
The announcement was made by the coalition’s board president, Chris Palmieri, during Monday’s meeting of the Town Council, which he chairs.
Palmieri said the stickers can be placed by parents over the tops of liquor bottles so that, if anyone opens the bottle, the seal is broken, letting the parents know that liquor had been taken even if the person who drank the liquor were to replace the amount taken with water.
Directions on the stickers read “Adults, place Liquor Stickers over bottle tops and write the date it was applied. Always keep your alcohol in a safe, secure location and away from anyone under the age of 21.”
The stickers bear the STEPS logo and the phrase “Lock Your Liquor.”
“These stickers were developed by our Youth Council, who have done a phenomenal job,” said Palmieri. “We have been hanging the Liquor Stickers out for about a year at different events. Their popularity has spread by word of mouth and now other prevention coalitions in the state have been seeking them out. That’s why we’re trying to put a patent on them.”
Palmieri said STEPS has sought legal advice from the University of Connecticut Law School as well as Councilor William Dziedzic, who is an attorney.
“Right now, we’re in the early stages of seeking the patent,” Palmieri said.
STEPS stands for Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success. According to southingtonsteps.org, the substance abuse prevention coalition strives to make prevention a priority It does so through education, limiting access and policy change. STEPS specifically focuses on underage drinking, and tobacco, marijuana and prescription drug abuse prevention.
STEPS also is pursuing a town ordinance that would raise the legal age for vaping and smoking tobacco products in town to 21. This proposal will have a public hearing at the next council meeting.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.