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Only you can make the decision not to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs. This Web site is designed to give you the facts about tobacco, alcohol and drug use in Columbia. It will also provide you with resources to find factual information about the effects of alcohol and drugs, real stories from teenagers like yourself and answer any questions you might have.

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Teen driving hints

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that drivers 19-years-old and younger were more likely to be involved in motor vehicle collisions than any other driver on the road. According to NHTSA, teens are three times more likely to get into an accident than drivers over the age of 20.

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The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Unveils New Online Store for “Above the Influence” Teen Program

he Partnership for Drug-Free Kids today launched a new online store as part of its Above the Influence (ATI) program. All proceeds from the ATI’s online store directly benefit the nonprofit’s teen-focused ATI program, with every purchase helping the Partnership reach more young people.

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Health improves when teens exercise like young kids, research shows

Health experts advise that children and teenagers should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. This can accumulate over the day – for example cycling to school, walking or running around during the recess, and doing sports and gymnastics. Now, a new study of teenagers shows that the intensity of short bursts of activity makes a difference to health outcomes.

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