SchoolSADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the national school-based, peer-to-peer prevention education organization, announced that Richard Birt of New Carlisle, Ohio, has been named 2009-2010 SADD National Student of the Year. Birt will be the national student spokesperson for the organization, which has more than 10,000 chapters and hundreds of thousands of active participants in schools nationwide.

A senior at Northwestern High School, Birt has been a dedicated SADD student for the last four years and has been very involved with the organization on the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves as a member of the 2008-2009 SADD National Student Leadership Council.

Birt is a great educator and spokesperson for SADD according to Penny Wells, director of SADD.

SADD, the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization, is committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, today SADD has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, substance abuse, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. More information about SADD can be found at

SADD can be an important part of any drug rehab program or drug treatment program. It is often used as a learning tool for those needing drug addiction treatment.

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