Beyond The Bell, along with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides tools and evidence – based strategies to train, educate, and support youth and families in the prevention of alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use and abuse. Alcohol is considered a drug. It is classified as a depressant, meaning it slows down vital functions, resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly. In addition, underage drinking by those under the age of 21 is illegal, affects the developing brain, and can have devastating health, safety and legal consequences. Underage drinking and marijuana use among 9-20 year olds have been identified in DeKalb County, Rockdale County, Upson County and City of Savannah as issues affecting our community.
Our vision is to reduce the negative impact of alcohol abuse and other drugs in our community by providing quality prevention programs and sustainable outcomes.