Local students from around Eau Claire County gathered today to look at ways that alcohol and prescription drugs can affect teens. Fox 25-48’s Neil Hebert has the story…
For 30 years, Students Against Destructive Decisions, or S.A.D.D., has been helping their peers steer clear of using prescription drugs and alcohol. The group met today for a training session with students from around Eau Claire County.
“The average age is 11-12 to start tobacco. The average age of alcohol is 13. What if they never engaged in that behavior at all? So that’s one of the missions of S.A.D.D., to prevent students from engaging in destructive behaviors. And that’s why we’re having this training.”
The training involved seminars letting the students know what kind of trouble they can get themselves into and interactive activities, but one of the most important parts of the event was to get the word out to students that their words are extremely persuasive.
“I think peer-to-peer education. That peer-to-peer “this is not acceptable” is huge. We as adults and parents can do the best we can, but when a peer says to a peer, “that is unacceptable. You are scaring me,” that’s another piece of the puzzle I think is extremely powerful.”
Students that are part of S.A.D.D. are aware of the effects drugs and alcohol can have on teens.
“I know some of my friends have been drinking and making bad decisions. Once I realized the effects it can actually have, if you tell them how that makes you feel, that you’re worried about them and the decisions they make are going to affect you, they will be more likely to stop because they know it will have an effect on you.”
S.A.D.D. encourages the schools involved to put their banner on the fence during their football games on Friday night. In Eau Claire, Neil Hebert, Fox News at 9.
The La Crosse county prevention network coalition received a 125-thousand dollar grant to help assist the local community in preventing substance use among youth.
The grant part of 86-million dollars awarded in September by the drug-free communities support program. The funding will go toward preventing youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.