An organization focused on the welfare of those engaged in underage drinking and illegal drug activity wants to remind the community of an anonymous tip line.

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area say this is a way to alert law enforcement without having to identify oneself.

“Teenagers are reconnecting after the summer and school activities including homecomings are heating up,” said Joanne Joy, executive director of the agency, in a press release. “It’s a vulnerable time for teenagers bowing to peer pressure.”

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area sponsors KVTip through its Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. The KVTip program allows tipsters and safety personnel to have a two-way conversation without identifying the caller.

“It’s important to emphasize that the tip line can be used by people of all ages — parents and other adults, students and other teen peers and siblings — anyone who hears about or sees this type of activity,” Joy said.

Tipsters text 274637, then type in KVTip and then their confidential message.

“The message is sent to a secure data center where it is automatically encrypted and forwarded to relevant law enforcement and safety personnel who send resources to act on the situation,” according to the release.

The service works in Kennebec County and is similar to tip lines elsewhere.

She said cell phone numbers are not recorded, and the tip is virtually untraceable.

“Combining inexperienced teens with alcohol or drugs is a deadly mix that can result in poor choices and risky behavior including driving under the influence, violence and overdoses,” Joy said, adding that the goal is to get those involved out of the situation and to a safer place.


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