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SADD Takes a Stand

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SADD Takes a Stand

Griffin Goldstein, staff writer

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Drugs and alcohol often pose a major issue at public schools. There is only so much school administrations can do to prevent their students from using drugs and alcohol, because in the end, their job is to educate the students. Because of this, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD),a nationwide organization, makes it their  mission is to minimize teens’ use of drugs, alcohol, and other destructive actions, like risky or impaired driving.

SADD was founded in 1981 by Robert Anastas at Wayland High School in Massachusetts, only then it was known as Students Against Driving Drunk. In 1997, they expanded the limits of their mission by officially changing their name and greatly increased their size. There are SADD chapters, which take place at middle schools, high schools, or colleges that have a SADD adviser on their staff.  There are over 10,000 total in all 50 states. More than 350,000 students actively participate in SADD chapters all across the nation.

“SADD is a nationally recognized, student ran and led organization that strives to ‘empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them in their daily lives.’ SDD was on hiatus for the last couple years at Cactus Shadows but was reinstated  this Fall due to increased student interest”, said Diane Montano, the Cactus Shadows SADD advisor.

SADD is unique in the sense that all the efforts it makes to inform and educate students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol is done by students themselves. Peer-led classes, forums, workshops, conferences, and rallies are all tactics SADD uses to communicate their message with other students.

Drugs and alcohol are the two biggest destructive behaviors that SADD fights against. To get to the root of the problem, it must be made clear why students get into using them in the first place.

“I think they are just curious and want to try them out,” said Lauren Jankowski, a sophomore.

This is true for most teen drug and alcohol use. They see their peers or older siblings doing it and become curious as to what it is like. SADD students use positive peer pressure and role modeling as one of their main tactics to get other students to steer clear of destructive pathways.

In seminars, they talk about accidents that have happened and lives that have been ruined to help their fellow students realize just how dangerous these behaviors can be. However, not everyone is reached by these messages and decide to try drugs and alcohol anyway, unbothered by the consequences and punishments from the schools for being caught abusing substances.

“They shouldn’t be punished because they’ll suffer from the consequences of their own actions,” said Andrew Hertig, a senior.

SADD is not only fighting to reduce teen drug and alcohol use, b

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