By: Jillian Dawson

Holsenbeck Elementary

Barrow County D.A.R.E. Instructor: Deputy Tim Laturell

Hi, I'm Jillian Dawson and I'm in the D.A.R.E. program. First of all, D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. We learned about Tobacco, Marijuana, inhalants and many more things. I know once every week for 10 weeks doesn't sound like much, but I sure learned a lot in that time.

Did you know that there are more than 200 known poisons in tobacco? Think about it. There are only 200 known poisons in tobacco, but there can be way more. Also, did you know that over 400,000 people die year year from smoking, or that approximately 3,000 non-smokers die of lung cancer each year just from breathing other peoples' smoke? Isn't that one of the saddest things ever? This tells you how informative D.A.R.E. can be!

Smoking Marijuana causes breathing problems. There is more tar in marijuana smoke than in tobacco smoke. If you already knew that then I'll give you some credit. What you don't know is this: Marijuana contains 50% to 70% more of cancer causing chemicals than tobacco does. Now that's just unhealthy!

If someone told you that drug advertisements told the exact truth, then they lied. They barely tell you half of the truth! Let's say you're going to get a candy bar. If you look around the candy section, 99.9% of the time you will see packs of cigarettes, magazines with the drug on the cover or just inside, maybe both, or some other way to convince people into buying that product. Look at normal, everyday objects all around. What you see can be very surprising!

Since each and every one of these drugs are so horrible for you, then why do people make them and sell them? Shouldn't it be illegal to advertise drugs in candy? If you have questions like these, you should see your local D.A.R.E. Officer. If you don't have one, try to arrange with your principle so you can get one and learn about the harmful affects of drugs and some facts about these drugs. Maybe you can even learn about your D.A.R.E. Officer.

I, personally, thing that D.A.R.E. is a great way to warn you in the future. Now you might say, "Hey, smoking is cool. When I grow up, I plan to smoke every drug there is", but when you take about 10 weeks of D.A.R.E., you might then say, "WOW I never knew. I'm never going to think about smoking ever again!"

All of this can make a difference. Now, I'm not telling you which choice to make, but you won't regret choosing the good path over the bad path. Would you like to be drug-free and graduate from a college and be somebody, or would you like to take drugs and waste your life away? Think about it, because you and I both know as I said earlier, all of this can make a difference.

I, Jillian Dawson, hereby pledge to make a very wise decision when it come to drugs. To remind myself how bad these drugs are. I will look into this D.A.R.E. Book. Tobacco, Alcohol and other drugs do not and will not make me happy. I have a lot of other fun things to do besides drugs. I look forward to making the right decisions in the future and helping others who will make a bad choice. By doing that I may save someone's life.






Hello, my name is Rachel Thompson and I am a 5th grade student in Mrs. Wrightís class at Mary Lee Clark Elementary School. I learned about the D.A.R.E. decision making model. I learned some ways to say no when you are being pressured. I also learned about alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, marijuana and peer pressure.

 The first thing we learned in D.A.R.E. was the D.A.R.E. decision making model which stands for define, assess, respond and evaluate. We also learned what D.A.R.E. stands for and that is drug abuse resistance education.

 It is illegal to sell alcohol to people under 21. Alcohol is bad for your liver, heart, lungs and brain. It causes loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed reflexes, memory lapses, loss of self-control and slurred speech. Alcohol can cause comas. Alcohol can hurt all your organs. Mixing alcohol with medicine is dangerous. Alcohol goes directly into your bloodstream and can increase your risks of diseases. Most teenagers donít drink.

 It is illegal to sell tobacco to people under 18. Smokers have lots of colds and upper respiratory problems. Smoking causes heart disease. Cigarettes contain Nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug. Tobacco hurts your brain, mouth, throat lungs, heart and liver. Smoking can cause yellow teeth. Smoking puts family and friends at risk.

 Marijuana is illegal for people. It hurts your brain, mouth, throat, lungs, heart and liver. Marijuana affects your short-term memory loss, loss of the ability to concentrate, slows coordination and reflexes and affects your ability to judge distance, speed and reaction time. Marijuana can be addictive. There is more tar in marijuana smoke than tobacco smoke.

 Using inhalants is when you breathe in chemicals in the air. Inhalants hurt your brain, mouth, throat, lungs, heart and liver. Inhalants can kill you even the very first time you try to inhale.

 There are many kinds of peer pressure. The worse is heavy peer pressure. Threats can be peer pressure. There is also personal pressure, which is when you are not being pressured by anyone but yourself to do either something that is good for you or it might also be bad for you. Peer pressure is when people your age pressure you to do something you may or may not want to do. 

I feel D.A.R.E. teaches us that drugs, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana is bad and wrong to do. Every Monday I go home, think about what I did in D.A.R.E. and sometimes I talk about it with my family. I thing it is important to be drug-free and avoid violence because I donít want to get hurt or see someone I know get addicted to drugs and almost be homeless, or die.

 Tobacco, marijuana, alcohol and inhalants ALL hurt your body. Who needs that?!?!

 I pledge allegiance to myself to not use tobacco, marijuana, alcohol or any other drugs, my whole life. I pledge to stay out of risky situations and make good, healthy decisions.







D.A.R.E. is cool, D.A.R.E. is fun,

D.A.R.E. is definitely number one.

D.A.R.E. told me not to smoke,

Because if I do I just might choke.

Cigarettes don't make you look cool or older,

They really knock your brain out of order.

You don't always want to listen to your peer,

You never know where they may steer.

You just might end up in jail,

If that happens, your parents will whip your tail.

Drugs don't make you look smart,

They really take away from your heart.

All in all they make you look dumb,

And you'll end up in a box sucking your thumb.



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