D.A.R.E., it stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It teaches people about drugs, alcohol, and a lot of other stuff that can hurt people. I have learned a lot of important things from D.A.R.E.
Tobacco is illegal to any one under the age of eighteen. Over 400,000 people just from America die from tobacco related causes each year. Smoking dries out skin, gives people wrinkles, give you bad breath, and makes your teeth yellow. Cigarettes have nicotine in them. Nicotine is a powerfully addictive substance. Once you start smoking it’s hard to stop.
Marijuana is illegal in the United States unless it is prescribed by a doctor. People that use this have more cold and upper respiratory problems than other people. The smoke contains 50% to 70% more of some cancer causing chemicals than tobacco smoke.
The information is important to me because I can help people stay away from that. I don’t want people to die, even if I don’t know them. It might not hurt me, but it will hurt that person’s family and friends.
The impact that D.A.R.E. has had on me is huge. This impact makes me want to talk to younger kids and tell them to stay away from things like this. I want to try to convince people my age that it doesn’t make you cool to do this. It doesn’t make people smarter, it kills brain cells.
I have mainly learned that marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can affect all kinds of people in many different ways. Even if you don’t do these things they can still affect you, so try not to let your friends and family do it.
I want to promise Deputy Thomas, all my teachers, my family, and my peers that I will never chew tobacco, smoke marijuana, or drink alcohol, whether it’s legal or illegal.