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Cavaliers Spread Messages About the Dangers of Drug Abuse

Mrs. Marchand’s Health students share the messages they learned about the dangers of substance abuse.

After spending two weeks learning about Substance Abuse, students bundled up and headed outside to spread the word about the harms of drugs to their peers and staff at CHS. Students took the facts to the streets, well, more like the sidewalks at CHS. Using chalk, Mrs. Marchand’s 1st and 3rd block students designed important messages warning others about commonly used and abused drugs. November 18, 2011, was a cold Friday morning for Mrs. Marchand’s Health students.

Some of the facts included:

  • Women who use Steroids can grow excess facial hair.
  • Some effects of using Inhalants: red eyes, runny nose, slurred speech, and chemical stains on clothes.
  • Nearly 1 out of every 10 high school seniors uses marijuana at least once a month; inhaled marijuana produces 3-5 times the amount of tar and carbon monoxide than cigarettes.
  • Not everyone is doing it. 88 % of UCPS middle and high school students don't use tobacco.
  • Smoking can cause hairy tongues due to the tar in cigarettes.
  • Zits last longer for teens who smoke.
  • A large cigar contains as much as 40 times more tar than a single cigarette.
  • Teens who smoke gain more belly fat.
  • Tobacco contains dead bugs.
  • Smoking gives you yellow teeth and fingernails.
  • Cigarettes contain 4,700 chemicals, including rat poison, feces, and battery acid.
  • Each cigarette you smoke cuts 11 minutes from your life.
  • Smokers are more likely to have back pain compared to non-smokers.
  • Second-hand smoke causes 62,000 heart disease deaths every year in the US alone.

Live Above the Influence! If you or someone you know is suffering from drug use please check out the following sites for information about each drug.


Written by: Mrs. Jessica Marchand, Health teacher
Posted: Nov 28, 2011 by Don Mace

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