In my community, there is no education and/or alternate solutions for the prevention of destructive decisions in teenagers. Drugs and alcohol being the prevelent abusers, I wanted to start a group that would offer help, comfort, education, and opportunities to spread the word that such decisions can be avoided and a healthier lifestyle obtained. After exploring the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) website, I felt that it was exactly what my community needed: hope. This program designates a strict "no abuse policy," but in no way shuns those away that are looking to stop their addictions/problems. With hundreds of SADD chapters all over the United States, it was time for my area to join in and help those who wanted it most. As a senior, it is going to be a tedious job to get the club up and running; making sure it is continued after I graduate is my greatest goal. I have seen many people in the lowest parts of their lives, all because they abuse drugs and alcohol. If you are underage, there is no reason to drink. Nothing good comes from it. No drug is a "safe" one. My older brother died from an accidental overdose . . . there is no argument that could say drugs are not dangerous. I am starting this chapter not only to help others, but to let people know that they are not alone; there is somewhere to go to learn how to handle peer-pressure and avoid destructive decisions. It is my hope that after a few years of an in-school club, that the SADD chapter will grow into the community. Further participation in local activities will hopefully entice more residents to participate in the club and change our community for the better. I do not want to take the growing substance abuse epidemic lightly, I know that this area is fully capable of being "drug-free" . . . and I would love to know that I took part in making a difference.