What is SADD?

SADD is a youth-based, peer-to-peer organization that promotes youth empowerment and uses peer influence to spread the message of positive decision-making. The SADD organization is comprised of thousands of Chapters that embrace a “no use” policy and help educate their peers about potentially destructive decisions regarding underage drinking, impaired driving, other drug use, bullying, and suicide.

SADD utilizes scientifically-grounded prevention principles endorsed by:

  • NIDA, National Institute of Drug Abuse
  • CSAP, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
  • NIH, National Institute of Health
  • SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SADD is not a specific program, but can best be described as a process, often following the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).



Originally, the mission of the SADD program was to help young people say "no" to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded.

SADD’s mission, simply stated, is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

West Virginia SADD strives to build, celebrate, and empower generations of young leaders with dedication, passion, and skills for healthy, productive, and caring lives.