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Tulsa RPC Offers Free Training to Reduce the Sale of Alcohol to Minors

(Tulsa, OK) The Tulsa Health Department’s Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC), in partnership with the Oklahoma Prevention Policy Alliance and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is holding a Responsible Beverage Service and Sales Training (RBSS) for clerks, servers, and managers of local businesses on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the Tulsa Health Department’s James O. Goodwin Health Center, located at 5051 S. 129th E. Ave, Tulsa, OK 74134. 

The purpose of the training is to provide managers, bartenders, and waiters with the knowledge and skills to serve alcohol safely, responsibly, and legally and to ensure that expectations, liabilities, and legal responsibilities are communicated to all licensees and their employees. 

“It is our hope that through continued education and training, we will reduce the rates of underage drinking and create a unified environment of responsible hospitality and alcohol sales throughout Tulsa County.” stated RPC Coordinator Marianne Long.

Funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, RPC works to promote drug and alcohol abuse prevention, with current priorities centered on underage drinking, adult binge drinking, and the non-medical use of painkillers within Tulsa County. The work of RPC is concentrated on population-level change in Tulsa County by assisting communities in determining the substance abuse problems affecting their constituents and the most effective strategies to address these problems. RPC works with local coalitions and stakeholders to gather data, track trends, and provide training and technical assistance within the community. In addition, RPC provides support for town hall meetings and assists with local alcohol compliance operations.

The training will be broken into two sessions, the first of which is intended for restaurant and bar employees from 9:00am-12:00pm, and the second for convenience and liquor store employees from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. The RBSS training is provided at no cost to the licensee or employee and is open to any retail establishment or restaurant/bar that may wish to send personnel. Pre-registration is not required, though it is encouraged to ensure a spot. For more information, please contact Regional Prevention Coordinator Marianne Long at (918) 595-4274 or

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