Eau Claire (WQOW) – Students from around the Eau Claire County had a robust discussion about preventing substance abuse on Thursday.
Workshops included tips on talking point on how to say no to drug abuse, how to communicate the dangers of teen drug use among their peers, and conversation starters with parents about teen drug use. The students also went over hunting safety, as well as what is a safe date, promoting healthy relationships and consent.
The students are part of a program called S.A.D.D (Students Against Destructive Decisions).
There is a chapter at each of these six high schools: Altoona High School, Augusta High School, Eau Claire Memorial High School, Eau Claire North High School, Regis High School, and Fall Creek High School.
Alexis Walters, co-president of the Eau Claire Memorial High School chapter of S.A.D.D, said Juuling and vaping are massive problems at her school.
“They think ‘Oh like right now, I’m getting a high off it, and it feels good’, but what they aren’t realizing that impact will be for their life and that it’s going to ruin them,” said Walters.
Deborah Tackmann, who is the Youth Advocacy Advisor for the six high schools, said in her many years as a health educator, she went to the funerals of 18 students who died to substance abuse.
“Having kids voice prevention language is huge. Often times we are reactive — we have something happen, oh how do we fix it? Its hard to be proactive and that is what this training is about. Give children the voice to be proactive in our community so we don’t have any deaths that could of been prevented,” said Tackmann.
Tackmann suggests parents and students visit this website together to learn more about preventative teen drug abuse.