Community Issues - Drug/Alcohol Abuse

Simple Actions You Can Take



These simple ideas can make a BIG difference. Take just 60 seconds to check, and submit the simple things you can do and we'll report back on the combined difference everyone is making.


Don't use drugs
They're bad for you, they're illegal, they often result in accidents and—if caught—you can serve jail time and be refused jobs or college admittance.
Be a true friend
If you have a friend who is using drugs or alcohol, talk to them about it. It's often related to some other problem they have in their lives. If you're really concerned for their safety, share your concerns with a teacher and/or their parents.
Be responsible even when others aren't
Make sure friends and family have your number in case they drink too much and are unable to drive. Being caught for drunk driving for first time offenders in most states results in some mandatory jail time, fines, months of preventative classes, a suspended license and perhaps some community service. Make sure this doesn't happen to you.
Report drunk drivers to the police
Remember to get a description of the car, the driver, the location and the direction of the car.
Learn about what drugs do to your body
Most people probably wouldn't do drugs if they knew the long-term effects drugs would have on them. Learn about the effects by clicking here.
Spread the word about support groups
If your friends—or their family members—are having alcohol issues, tell them about the Al-Anon/Alateen support groups and encourage them to go to a meeting. Click here to learn more.
Learn how to talk about and address issues of drug/alcohol abuse
Read "Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex—What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling" by SADD Chairman and CEO Stephen Wallace. And, after you read it, pass it along to someone else.
Organize or join a SADD chapter
Students Against Destructive Decisions (founded as Students Against Driving Drunk) is all about students helping students make positive decisions about challenges in everyday lives. Surf the SADD web site to see what the chapters are up to http://www.sadd.org/.
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Did You Know

  • Over 20 million Americans use illegal drugs each month.
  • Alcohol is involved in 50% of all driving fatalities.
  • More than 100,000 U.S. deaths are caused by excessive alcohol consumption each year.

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