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Good friends help in making wise decisions


To The Editor:

Making good choices is the ultimate lesson in D.A.R.E. In D.A.R.E., I learned how important it is to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to choose good friends.

Drugs and alcohol can do a lot of damage to your body if you aren’t fully grown. Even when you are fully grown, drugs and alcohol can be damaging to your health and your mind. Friendships can help you or hurt you in making good choices.

Alcohol is illegal to drink under the age of 21. Many young people try alcohol and continue to drink alcohol who are underage. There are several reasons why you shouldn’t drink alcohol.

Alcohol is addictive. Did you know, alcohol goes directly into your bloodstream? When large amounts of alcohol go into your bloodstream over a long period of time your organs can become damaged. Alcohol can affect your kidneys, liver, and heart to name just a few body parts you have. By the way, you need these organs to live. Alcohol can slow down the body and cause a coma or even worse, death!

Drugs are everywhere! There are different kinds of drugs. Prescription drugs and illegal drugs. Prescription drugs are written by a doctor in hopes to make a person feel better. Illegal drugs are not prescribed by a doctor and are not to be taken by people under law. Some illegal drugs are: marijuana, cocaine, and LSD. Often times, people who are troubled begin taking drugs. Many young people who feel like they don’t belong, fail at schoolwork or are bullied, turn to drugs to make themselves look cool, feel better and fit in. Drugs are addictive! Drugs can damage your brain, heart and other organs. Drugs can affect you in other ways. They can cause people to make dangerous decisions which could hurt others or themselves.

Friendships are important. We need friends to talk to, hang out with and to help us with problems. Choosing good friends will help you make wise decisions. Involving myself in good activities and choosing true friendships will make saying no to drugs and alcohol easier for me. I am strong enough to say no to any person, friend or not, if they ask me to drink alcohol or do drugs. Peer pressure is always going to be there. Someone may pressure me someday to do something I do not want to do. Be strong, say no and walk away.

D.A.R.E. has taught me so many things about making good choices. I have challenges ahead of me, but I know that I am prepared to say no to alcohol and drugs and make the best friendships I can which will lead me to success!

Anah Bogdan

Miss Bombard


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