As a young person, you can create an impact in your community against drug and alcohol use. The first step is to make a firm decision that alcohol and drugs are not your “thing”. Be who you are and discover your anti-drug and stick to it. You can become involved in your community and be a leader among your peers in making positive decisions.
Things You Can Do:
- Make a list of adults you can trust and talk to about alcohol and other drugs.
- Become aware of signs and symptoms associated with alcohol and drug use. If you see a friend who is need of help refer them to a trusted adult.
- Choose your friends wisely; hang with friends who make healthy decisions.
- Give back to the community by assisting with a cigarette bud cleanup or many other creative activities.
- Join a sports team or take up a hobby that you enjoy.
- Assist your school or community with organizing after school activities for youth.
- Get educated on prevention of substance abuse and become a peer educator. Get involved with Students Preventing and Informing on Drugs and Alcohol (SPIDA).
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