Hundreds of youths joined in the battle on drugs Friday by manning booths where they took anti-drug pledges and handed out literature.

Tamara DeMilt, a member of the Utah Committee for Kids Know!, said the booths will be up through April 30 in Fashion Place Mall, Cottonwood Mall, Crossroads Plaza, ZCMI Center, South Towne Center, University Mall in Orem, Five Points Mall in Bountiful, Layton Hills Mall, Newgate Mall in Ogden and Ogden City Mall.A pledge center at each mall will be staffed by youths who will distribute literature on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. Young people will be encouraged to sign pledges to themselves and their friends that they will remain drug free.

The booths are co-sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers at shopping facilities throughout the United States and Canada.DeMilt, Fashion Place marketing director, said the malls got involved because merchants and employees realize the importance of community involvement. She said the Utah Federation for Drug-Free Youth was involved in the Fashion Place Mall; other malls have teamed with other drug abuse prevention organizations.

In Murray about 40 students presented an anti-drug musical program, and high school students released 1,000 multi-colored balloons imprinted with the message, "Just Say No!"

"It would be good if we could help 100,000 young people, but if we can help save just one person it's worth it," said Darren Simons, a Murray High senior and co-chairman of the Fashion Place project.