School health officials say the brain in young people who use or abuse drugs and alcohol does not fully rebound from the effects. They say abstaining from harmful chemical substances during adolescence is key to living a healthy adult life.
School health officials say young people use drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons - to cope, to fit in with peers, or to have a new experience. And they say the long-term effects are alarming.
Paula Long Fox is a drug and alcohol prevention counselor at West Middle School in Rapid City.