This week our school will celebrate Safe and Drug Free Schools Week and the theme is “Alcohol: Temporary Fun with Permanent Consequences”. In effort to increase teens’ awareness and expose them to the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on their lives, Walker High School is making this week a “drug awareness” week. AMICI and HOSA sponsored a table in the cafeteria where students could sign a pledge to be drug free and receive a drug free bracelet in turn.
Jolie Higgins, a counselor at Walker, researched some shocking facts from the Department of Transportation and the NIAAA, and e-mailed the facts to the faculty in hopes that the teachers would share the information with their students. A few facts from the website:
- “Of the 1,746 traffic fatalities among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2006, about one out of every six (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.”
- “The younger you are when you start drinking, the greater chance of becoming addicted to alcohol at some point in your life. More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.”
- “Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, loss of coordination.”
These facts are only an astonishing start to the hundreds of thousands of negative effects drugs and alcohol can have on a human body. Students are encouraged to be drug free not only throughout the present “drug free” week, but throughout their lives.
During the lunch period in school, students can pledge to be drug free by signing a “drug free” banner and earning a bracelet honoring their commitment. If students can start their drug free endeavor at school, their efforts could possibly spread to family, friends, and colleagues. Knowledge of the consequences of dangerous behavior can spread just as quickly as the behavior itself. Walker’s effort to communicate this knowledge with its students is a small step to a giant problem that is overcoming this country today. But, it’s a step in the right direction.
By: Justin Thompson