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POSITIVELY ELKHART COUNTY
We believe that healthy truths reduce use.
The healthy truth: Teens in Elkhart County aren’t drinking, smoking or using drugs.
But their peers think they are — and that makes a big difference.
Positively Elkhart County is a social norming campaign that aims to change students’ attitudes, behaviors and perceptions surrounding alcohol and drug use.
The goal of our program is to show students in our community that drinking and using drugs is NOT the norm and is NOT “cool.” Research shows this approach will reduce use over time.
Most teens in Elkhart County are making positive choices about alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.
However, many believe they are in the minority and their typical peers engage in substance use. What teens think about their peers’ behavior has a strong influence on their own choices.
Our surveys show that high school students who believe their typical peer uses drugs or alcohol are 2-3 times more likely to engage in use themselves.
When Students Believe Their Typical Peer Drinks