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Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Education

During the past nine weeks Deputy Boyum has come in and talked about the D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, which teaches kids and teens not to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. It also teaches them about inhalants and how not to get under any kind of peer pressure. D.A.R.E. will also help kids and teens to build better friendships and how drinking alcohol and smoking can affect most of your organs.

During D.A.R.E. I have learning that about 20 percent of eighth graders have used alcohol in the past 30 days. Mixing alcohol and medicine is very dangerous and can get you sicker than you were before. The alcohol goes right to your bloodstream and can cause a variety of diseases.

D.A.R.E. has also taught me what could happen to someone if they started to smoke. They could get bad breath, yellow teeth, dry skin, and wrinkles; but, that's just what happens to your appearance. This is what could happen to your health: you could get shortness of breath, dizzy, and you could get dehydrated. About 400,000 smokers die from smoking and 3,000 non-smokers die from second-hand smoke.

During D.A.R.E. Deputy Boyum has also taught us the different types of peer pressure. Positive peer pressure is when someone urges you to do the right thing. Friendly peer pressure is when your friend tries to get you to do something you don't want to do. Indirect peer pressure is when someone tries to convince you to do something you don't want to do. Teasing is when someone makes fun of you because you aren't doing what they want you to do, and bullying is when someone is physically or verbally being mean to you for no good reason. As you can see, there are many different types of peer pressure and many ways people could get you to do something they want you to do, but maybe you don't want to do it.

D.A.R.E. has made a huge impact on my life. It has taught me not to drink or smoke cigarettes, which will help me in the future for my health and academics. It will also help me help my friends make the right decisions so they don't make mistakes that they will regret in a few years. I think that D.A.R.E. is one of the best ways kids can learn what items they shouldn't use so they don't affect their health and their adulthood.

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