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Ways To say NO!
Saying NO to drugs and alcohol can be hard here are some of our ways to say NO!

The 3 R’s
The APAUSE programme run at King’s School teaches the 3 R’s to help you out in a situation that makes you uncomfortable:

  • Resist
  • Reverse
  • Remove


I’m not into drinking/drugs

I’ve got a football/basketball/hockey match tomorrow

My uncle died from drinking/drugs

Blame your parents

My parents are coming to pick me up soon

I’ve already been in trouble for drinking/taking drugs once if I do it again I will never be allowed out again!

Plan a strategy
Plan a signal with a friend to help each other out or leave the party/tar barrels/pixie night.

Do something else

  • Play sports.
  • Go to the cinema.
  • Do anything that takes you away from people you feel pressurise you to take drugs or drink.


  • Alcohol and drugs put your health at risk.
  • Teens who drink alcohol and take drugs are more likely to be sexually active and have unsafe unprotected sex.
  • Pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates are continuing to rise in East Devon and drugs and alcohol pay a part in this.
  • The risk of injury is much higher when you are drunk or if you have taken drugs:
  • Extra police and ambulances have to be provided every year to deal with the effects of alcohol on teens and adults on Carnival/Tar Barrel and Pixie nights.
  • Half of all drowning deaths in teenage males are alcohol related.
  • The River Otter can be a dangerous place especially at night if you have been drinking or taking drugs
  • Getting drunk or high on drugs greatly increases the chances of being in a car crash or being hit by a car.
  • The roads around Ottery St. Mary and the surrounding villages are narrow and vision is not always good especially at night.

What to do if your friend gets into trouble

  • LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER: If your mate is in trouble, help them out.
  • If they are unconscious, put them in the recovery position.
  • If it is an emergency, call 999 for an ambulance and/or find someone who can help you.
  • Remember if it is cold you must try to keep your friend warm: blankets/coats.
  • You WILL NOT get in trouble from the police or ambulance for helping a mate out and you may save your mate’s life.

The Recovery Position

  1. First, place the unconscious person on their back.
  2. Lift their chin to make sure they can breathe.
  3. Hold them, and roll them over towards you (The diagram below shows the correct position).
  4. Place something behind their back to wedge them on their side.
The King's School 2008