Drugs Make You Un-Smarter

My name is Jill Ammon Vanderwood. I am an author and a grandmother. Last summer I told two of my granddaughters that I would help them write a book, thinking that they would write a simple picture book with either illustrations or photos. A few days later, my fifteen-year-old granddaughter, Savanna came to me and said, "I know what I want to write about. I want to write a book telling kids that even if someone in their family is doing drugs or drinking, they don’t have to."

I was very surprised, but I told her I would help her. I bought her a notebook so she could start writing her story. I also told her that even if I was in the middle of something, when she was ready to write this book, I would drop everything and help her.

Savanna Peterson and Jill Vanderwood

This book begins with Savanna’s story. We go into sections which tell about various drugs and alcohol. In each section you will find stories of people who have experienced effects of the drug. In the rehab section we have interviews with doctors and those who have been through rehab, such as Savanna’s cousin, Dillon who has been down the hard road of drugs, been locked up as well as experiencing rehab, having a no contact order with his cousin, Savanna’s brother—even at Christmas time, and finally having a no contact order with his own girlfriend. We include stories about Dillon’s father who died a drug related death, and his mother who was hooked on Chrystal Meth.

Learn about kids who say no to drugs, and celebrities who are taking a stand against drugs.

The reader will hear Savanna’s compelling voice throughout this book, warning, and pleading for kids to stay off drugs, get an education and make a good life for themselves. Dillon once asked "What could Savanna have to say about drugs? She has never been on drugs."

My answer is, "What doesn’t she have to say?" From the time she was five years old, Savanna has been exposed to drugs, such as heroin. She cried in her room when she smelled weed coming from the bathroom, and whenever her mom came home drunk.

Savanna is a strong voice for youth. She has taken a stand against drugs, and encourages kids everywhere to Say No to Drugs and Say Yes to Life!

What do you do when a parent, a grandparent, your brother, cousins, and an uncle are doing drugs? You are also expected to do drugs, right? Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations of others and took a stand against drugs, even when her older brother had parties while her mom was at work, the cops were watching her house, and her dad spent most of her life in prison for drug-related crimes.

Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is written by a high school student and her grandmother. The book includes stories of people who have abused drugs and interviews with actors and professionals. Learn facts about drugs and hear about goal-oriented kids who, like Savanna, have made a choice to remain drug-free.

"The title says it all! What's often missing for young people is the ability to project into the future what will happen because of drug abuse. This book does an excellent job of showing how drugs ruin lives from many different perspectives - real stories that will help young people think before they act."

Lucas A. Catton, CCDC author of The New Face of Recovery: Unlabeling Addiction as a Disease and Finding Treatments that Work

Young people get such a lot of negative press these days that people could be forgiven for despairing of what the future holds. But then along comes a sassy fifteen year old girl from Salt Lake City and blows those pre-conceived notions out of the water.

With wisdom beyond her years, she advises teens – "Don’t do what is expected become anyone you want to be". Savanna, you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for this book. Betty Cosgrave—author of The Whispering Soul, and mother of a recovering addict

In this honest, intimate and heartfelt compilation, Savanna Peterson shows you why drugs are never an answer and why "no" is the only right answer to drugs. While giving the facts about drugs, undiluted, from the mouths of drug users themselves and the loved ones of those who have abused substances, Peterson shows that faith in oneself is the most powerful resistance.

The touching sincerity and simplicity of her message in this mini-anthology is bound to take hold of anyone open to finding the truth there-in: drugs are no way to happiness. Judi Shervell Coordinator: Foundation for a Drug Free World

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