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Students Against Destructive Decisions

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An organization originally founded as Students Against Driving Drunk and known by the acronym SADD, the organization changed its name in 1997 to encompass a larger mission.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Students Against Destructive Decisions page on 12 August 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Students Against Destructive Decisions, formerly Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) is an organization whose aim is to prevent accidents from students taking potentially destructive decisions.

SADD was founded by Robert Anastas at Wayland High School in Massachusetts in 1981. He and a group of 15 students developed the SADD concept and the Contract for Life. In 1982, SADD went national with offices founded throughout Massachusetts, Arizona, Ohio, North Carolina, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maine. In 1984, Dear Abby and Ann Landers printed the Contract for Life, suggesting to all readers that they request a copy from SADD. The SADD National office was inundated with 8,000 requests per week for six weeks. Also that year, "Contract for Life: The SADD Story" aired on CBS as a CBS Schoolbreak Special, and Carl Olsen, the first SADD president at Wayland High School, was appointed by the Director of Health and Human Services as the only student to a three-year panel studying the alcoholism in America.

A new name was adopted in 1997: Students Against Destructive Decisions.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 July 2016Honoring Kirtana Choragudi For Being the SADD Student of the YearCongressional Record: Rep. Dan Benishek


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