Second Chance is a three-day substance use prevention and early intervention education program for Arlington middle and high school students who are caught for the first time at school or by the police in possession of or under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other illegal drugs.
Teens who drink or use drugs are more likely to have slipping or failing grades, unplanned and unprotected sex, accidents resulting in serious injury and other high risk behaviors. A teen’s developing brain is highly vulnerable to the disruptive effects of alcohol and drugs, which can result in lifelong problems with cognitive skills like attention, learning and memory. The earlier teens start to use, the more likely they are to experience addiction problems later in life.
Before they graduate from high school, 76% of Arlington teens will have tried alcohol at one time or another. Almost half will have used marijuana. These alarming facts come from the 2010 Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted by the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families.
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Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families Foundation