Elks Drug Awareness Program addresses underage drinking

The Elks Drug Awareness Program is the largest volunteer drug awareness program (DAP) in the United States. The DAP collaborates with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Marvel Comics, comedian and national spokesperson Ray Lozano, and Mrs. Enrigue Camerana to assist Lodges across the country with implementation of local DAPs.  Each October is deemed Drug Awareness Month.
During Red Ribbon Week, Beartooth Lodge #534 made age-appropriate presentations to over 700 students, in addition to superintendents, principals, and counselors at schools throughout Carbon County.  With the dramatic increase in underage drinking, the presentations focused on this problem while still addressing other drug use such as Opioids, meth, heroin, marijuana and the latest designer drugs. 
According to one study conducted by the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services, some 8 year olds in our state are drinking at least once a month. With increased drinking among students at all grade levels, the incidents of underage drinking has become a very serious problem. With students who are of driving age, there is an increase in DUIs and accidents associated with DUIs, While students who are stopped driving under the influence make it easier to identify those with  a problem, it doesn't identify others who have a drinking problem or other drug abuse.  The ones whose drinking or other drug use is going undetected are at risk of failing in school, having accidents not associated with driving, damaging their health, and becoming addicts by the time they graduate.
The presentations used statistics and videos to show the effects of alcohol and facts about alcoholism i.e. alcoholism is a disease that does not discriminate based on age, gender, level of education,social standing, nor economic status.  No one who begins drinking does so with the intent of becoming an alcoholic, nor do other kinds of drug users begin with the idea of becoming an addict., but it happens.  An addict is an addict regardless of to what one is addicted. An addict will tell you that, unfortunately, once an addict, always an addict.  An addict may be recovering but it is a life long struggle to stay sober or to stay clean.
Many of the students used the Fatal Vision glasses that simulate being under the influence.  All the students who used the glasses and took the sobriety test failed with the exception of one.. 
As a reminder, students were given informational handouts, coloring  books, comic books, bookmarks, water bottles, and trick or treat bags, They were also made aware of resources in their community such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al Anon (for anyone whose life is effected by an alcoholic), Narcotics Anonymous, and other counseling.
Warene Wall, Exalted Ruler of Beartooth Lodge, believes that the Elks Drug Awareness Program is having a positive impact on students and our communities. For anyone wanting more information on the DAP, call (406) 425-3429.

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