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Massachusetts Students Against Destructive Decisions


Welcome to Massachusetts SADD!

It’s time to nominate up to two students for consideration into the Massachusetts SADD Student Advisory Board! 
The Massachusetts SADD Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a statewide youth forum working in partnership with Massachusetts SADD to further the organization’s mission.

Click on the link to down load a copy of the application and instructions for Massachusetts Student Advisory Board.

  • The SAB is open to current high school freshman, sophomores and juniors.
  • You may nominate no more than two students per school for consideration.

The SAB has been a rewarding experience in the past for members and their respective SADD chapters and we look forward to selecting another great group of students for this impactful leadership opportunity.

If you should have any questions, please contact Robin Hounslow at[email protected] or at 1-508-481-3568, ext. 248.

Join us at the State House for SPEAK Now! (Students Promoting Education and Knowledge), a Substance Abuse Legislative Education Day
Meet other youth groups from around MA, network, share highlights from your work & build skills around legislative education. There will be an opportunity for you to meet with your legislators and share all of the great work you are doing in your community. Lunch will be served followed by a press event. Register now!

May 7, 2013
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Massachusetts State House
Boston, Massachusetts

For more information, click here or contact Robin Hounslow at [email protected].

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services provides free material and a helpline
Are you looking to order FREE materials for your next health fair or parent night? The Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse website provides free health promotion materials for Massachusetts residents, health care providers, and social service providers. Visit to order materials today!

The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline provides free and confidential information and referrals for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. The Helpline is committed to linking consumers with comprehensive, accurate, and current information about treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Language interpreters are always available. Visit for more information.

Free Prom and Graduation Season Kit
It is never too early to begin planning for a safe prom and graduation season or to educate the community about the school’s alcohol and drug use policy. SADD has created a FREE prom and grad kit that can be used to promote a safe prom and graduation season.

Thanks to funding from the MA Department of Public Health Bureaus of Substance Abuse Services, we would like to offer you this kit at no cost! The will only be available on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay!  Contact Robin at [email protected]to order your kit today.

MA SADD is now on Facebook!
MA SADD has a Facebook page that is a great source for news, information, and the ability to hear from others.  The page was started in an effort to connect with SADD students on a regular basis and to give them an outlet to share their thoughts and opinions.  You can also find event information, photos from previous events, and more.  Please ask your SADD chapter students to “like” the page and share it with their friends.

You can view the page by clicking here or typing in “Massachusetts SADD” in the search box in Facebook. 

***Please note that you do not need to be a member of Facebook to view the page*** 

SADD Logo 
The SADD logo is now available for school chapters and community groups to download from the web.  Groups interested in accessing the logo should visit: for more information and to download the logo. 

Want to Start a SADD Chapter? Click here.

Massachusetts SADD is a proud member of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Partners in PreventionFor more information, please visit:

partners in prevention


New! See State Resources for Massachusetts SADD Grants.

If your SADD chapter is working on a project that you would like us to hear about e-mail us at [email protected].

Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say “No” to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. And that is why SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.

SADD’s mission:
To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

Policy Against Use of Alcoholic Beverages by Underage Youth (“No Use” Policy)

SADD does not support or condone the use of alcohol by underage young people. The purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 is illegal in all 50 states.

Alcohol alters an individual’s vision, reaction times, perception of distance, and judgment of one’s abilities. For adolescents, whose brains are still developing in critical ways, alcohol use makes them more vulnerable to learning and memory impairments. The use of alcohol is frequently coupled with risky and potentially destructive behaviors such as physical and emotional violence, rude or thoughtless remarks or actions, sexual mistakes or misjudgments, sexual assaults, and suicide acts and attempts.

SADD believes that young people can have fun, enjoy life and nurture positive personal relationships without the distraction and distortion of alcohol. SADD seeks to demonstrate positive and attractive alternatives to alcohol and other drug-infused activities for teenagers.

SADD does not believe that it is possible to break the law responsibly. SADD and its chapters do not support or condone activities that encourage or enable the use of alcohol by underage young people, including the following activities:

  • Designated Driver programs for underage young people
  • Safe Rides programs
  • Parties where alcohol is served under the supervision of or with the knowledge or consent of parents or other adults
  • Drinking subject to passing a Breathalyzer test

SADD is an inclusive, not an exclusive, organization. SADD recognizes that the pressures on young people to drink, use illicit drugs and engage in other unhealthy behaviors are strong. SADD seeks not to punish or alienate those students who make unfortunate choices but rather aims to inform, educate, support and empower young people to make positive decisions in their lives.

Other Policies


Alcohol – SADD supports passage and enforcement of comprehensive drinking age laws that prohibit the purchase, attempt to purchase, or possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21.  Enforcement efforts should be directed at youth, adult providers, sellers, servers, and others who are in a position to endanger youth.  Use of fraudulent identification should be deterred through heightened security measures and through enforcement of the law.  Law enforcement officials should join with other members of the community in raising awareness among adults as well as teens of the dangers of underage drinking and the consequences of violating the law.

Responsible Marketing and Advertising – Teens view large amounts of marketing and advertising materials from the alcohol and tobacco industries.  SADD supports efforts to encourage responsible marketing and advertising that does not target teens and is mindful of the impact these materials have on youth attitudes and behaviors.


Graduated Driver’s Licensing Laws – Studies have shown that young drivers benefit from a gradual introduction to the privileges of driving an automobile.  SADD supports graduated driver’s licensing laws that establish three phases for young novice drivers, including a permit phase during which drivers can only operate a vehicle with an adult, a provisional phase during which drivers are subject to certain (e.g., night-time) restrictions, and an unrestricted phase when all conditions have been met.  SADD supports additional penalties within these laws for offenses involving impaired driving.

Primary Safety Belt Laws – Studies have shown that states that pass primary safety belt laws realize significant improvement in safety belt use.  SADD supports primary safety belt laws that require use of occupant restraints by vehicle occupants and permit enforcement of the law without the need to observe or cite the driver for another offense.


Funding for anti-violence programming in schools – SADD supports funding for anti-violence programming in schools K-12, including programming that addresses issues such as hazing, bullying, relationship abuse, and gang activity.

Mental Health

Comprehensive approach to mental health for adolescents – SADD supports funding for mental health services.

The SADD Calendar includes activities and events that SADD chapters all over the country can work on together. Many of the events link SADD to larger national movements. You may include additional activities to fit the interests and needs of your school and community.

Although some have specific dates, many of these activities can be conducted anytime during the year. Also look for opportunities to participate in special days and events in your own state and community. Good luck and have fun!








Please select one of the following categories or scroll down to view the entire list: 
Substance Abuse
Bullying and Violence Prevention
Depression/Suicide Prevention
Eating Disorders/Body Image 
Teen Pregnancy/STD/HIV/AIDS

Youth Making a Difference
Traffic Safety
Social Norming
For Parents


SUBSTANCE ABUSE 978-282-9970
Above the Influence
Alliance for Consumer Education
The BACCHUS Network 303-871-0901
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 800-311-3435
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 202-307-1000
FACE 888-822-3223
Join Together
Just Think Twice
Kick Butts Day
Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free 301-654-6740
The Meth Project
National Association of School Resource Officers 888-316-2776
National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse (CASA)
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 800-729-6686
Natural High
NIDA for Teens
Office of National Drug Control Policy 800-666-3332
Red Ribbon Campaign
Smart Moves, Smart Choices
Stop Underage Drinking
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
We Don’t Serve Teens 1-877-FTC-HELP

Anti-Defamation League
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 800-311-3435
CSAP (Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention)
Don’t Laugh at Me 212-904-5243
Facing History and Ourselves 617-232-1595
National Campaign Against Youth Violence 202-687-1660
National Crime Prevention Center 202-466-6272
National School Safety Center 805-373-9977
National Youth Gang Center Institute for Intergovernmental Research 850-385-0600
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center 866-723-3968
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Every Day (SHiNE) 646-613-5100
Southern Poverty Law Center 334-956-8200
Stop Bullying Now! campaign
Students Against Violence Everywhere 866-343-SAVE
Think B4 You Speak
Youth Crime Watch of America 305-670-2409

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 888-333-AFSP
American Psychological Association
National Institutes of Health
National Mental Health Awareness Campaign 877-495-0009
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE
Reach Out Now 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project 866-488-7386

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Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) 703-556-9222
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness 561-841-0900
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) 847-831-9498 (hotline)
National Center for Overcoming Overeating
National Eating Disorders Association 800-931-2237
Overeaters Anonymous 505-891-2664

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American Social Health Association 919-361-8400
Health and Human Services
Healthy Women’s Teen Girls Health
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 202-478-8500
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Planned Parenthood Federation of America 212-541-7800
Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP)

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Advocates for Highway/Auto Safety 202-408-1711
Governors Highway Safety Association
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Institute for Driver Behavior

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America 800-854-CLUB
City Year National Headquarters 617-927-2500
Do Something 212-523-1175
Everyday Democracy
Friday Night Live Partnership 559-733-6496
Many Young Voices
National Organization for Youth Safety
National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
Teen Ink
Youth Radio
Youth Service America 202-296-2992

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Alcohol and Other Drug Education Project
Monitoring the Future Institute for Social Research
Social Norms Marketing Research Project

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Children’s Defense Fund
National PTA
Not My Kid

Requests for links on the SADD website should be sent to Chris Egan at [email protected] or (508) 481-3568, ext. 223. Please note that SADD does not accept links with content (such as infographics) on an unrelated website designed to improve search rankings (SEO marketing), links to news aggregator sites, or links designed to drive traffic or clients to a law office or other business. Source:


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