"Drugs are bad": Lessons learned at young age

Simone Del Rosario

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"Drugs are bad": Lessons learned at young age

CREATED Apr. 26, 2013

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Fifth graders learned a valuable lesson Friday.

When asked what they think about drugs, the answer was unanimous: “Drugs are bad!”

That’s exactly the response more than a dozen agencies were hoping for at a drug awareness day in Riverfront Park, where kids were shuttled from K-9 patrol to Mounted Patrol to a Customs and Border Patrol helicopter.

Nine On Your Side asked Chief of Police Daniel Sharp what was the one thing kids should take away from Friday’s event.

“It's the bad consequences by utilizing drugs,” Sharp answered. “We want them to understand that it's not good.”

So we put them to the test, letting kids interview their own classmates to see what they learned. Here are some of the questions and answers:

“What do you know about drugs, John?”

“That they are bad and not to do them,” John said.

“Maya?”

“I think drugs are stupid and I hate drugs and I would never, ever do drugs,” Maya replies.

When asked if they would do drugs if someone older offered it to them, they each had their own reasons to say no.

“No, because it's wrong.”

“No, because I want to be on a good sports team.”

“No, because I think that would just hurt people around me.”

It’s apparently an easy choice for them to make. When Nine On Your Side asked one fifth grader if drugs were bad, his response was matter-of-fact: “Obviously.”

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