Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has gained some more members. More students are speaking out against illegal drugs use, especially prescription drug abuse. Many students were recently inspired to take a stand when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with a statement saying that 90% of all addictions start during the teenage years. This sobering statistic proves that the more involved children become with anti-drug campaigns and educations, the better their chances are of remaining drug-free.
The message coincides with Red Ribbon Week, which is the nationally-observed drug prevention week held at the end of October. SADD is one of thousands of organizations working to help keep kids off drugs this month.
SADD is now training its members on different techniques to get students more involved in drug-free activities and to bring more attention to prescription drug drop-off sites. The group is also educating its members on the dangers of drugs and what they can do to a developing brain. By using the services of local doctors, SADD was able to set up an arena where doctors could interact with students and illustrate to them exactly what occurs in the brain when someone takes drugs or alcohol.
“I’ve heard so many things about students going after homecoming or maybe after prom getting drunk or high or whatever and that is just something that really is prevalent,” explained one high school senior and member of SADD.
SADD has decided to use positive peer influence to combat the negative pressure many students are faced with. Exerting peer pressure to abstain from drug and alcohol abuse is a safe way for teenagers to make an impact on the drug problem in their communities. Studies show that children who have friends who disapprove of drug abuse are less likely to abuse drugs themselves.
SADD has also developed tools for parents to educate their children on drug use and also to be aware of the signs of substance abuse. Parents can go to SADD’s website and download free education material, including a contract for children to pledge that they will remain drug-free.