I have learned many skills in D.A.R.E. that will help me make healthy choices. Drugs will affect you throughout your whole life. Smoking causes breathing problems. If you do sports instead of drugs, you will have a healthier lifestyle. Also, I have learned to get out of risky situations by walking away or saying no. Hang around with nonusers of drugs to be safe. Chewing tobacco is the number one cause of lung cancer. Peer pressure is a bad thing, but if you ever have someone do peer pressure to you, you just want to walk away or say no. Never give in.

D.A.R.E. is important because it helps you make the right decisions. It helps you avoid drugs like marijuana, tobacco and much more. Also alcohol, smoking and inhalants can affect you throughout your life. After doing D.A.R.E. more than likely you will end up not doing drugs.

Stay away from inhalants because they can cause sudden death. The impact it made on me is that any drug can affect you, your whole life. If you start when you are younger, it will make a bigger impact on you. If you start drugs when you are younger, it will affect school performance and sports.

Since I did D.A.R.E. I have learned many skills. Smoking is bad for your health and contains nicotine, a powerfully addictive substance. While under the influence of alcohol, you have loss of coordination, slowed reflexes, loss of self-control, poor judgment, memory lapses and slurred speech. There are about seven different types of peer pressures - positive, friendly, indirect, tempting, teasing, heavy pressure and bullying. I have many skills that I've learned in D.A.R.E.

I, Sarina Stortz, swear not to do drugs ever - like alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.