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:
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
- First, place the unconscious person on their back.
- Lift their chin to make sure they can breathe.
- Hold them, and roll them over towards you (The diagram below shows the correct position).
- Place something behind their back to wedge them on their side.