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As of the December 3, 2011, the Real Life class has been discontinued.

Real Life

Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program

Traffic crashes are the number one killer of teens and over one-third of teen traffic deaths are alcohol related. Adolescents experiment with a variety of substances, including alcohol, prescription and nonprescription medications, cigarettes, inhalants, and illegal drugs. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States and inhalant abuse is on the rise with more than 1,000 products being used by adolescence today.

Real Life was developed in 1996 to address the medical and social consequences and preventable injuries to this high-risk population. This hospital based day-long education intervention program focuses on techniques to prevent serious injury. It is targeted for youth ages 11-17 who are at risk for, or have already experimented with, alcohol and/or drugs.

With the help of medical professionals, injury prevention specialists, young patient survivors, crash investigators and local police departments, Real Life participants get a first-hand look at the consequences of drug and alcohol related injuries. Parent and child participate in open discussions on drug and alcohol prevention and driving safety. In addition, information is also provided on the legal, financial and medical consequences of alcohol and drug use.