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Drug Abuse Prevention

Allyssa Garcia talks about mentors who help her be drug-free

My Life Story

Allyssa Garcia
October 22, 2013

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We asked teens to tell us who inspires them to stay away from illicit drugs. Here’s what one teen said.  I know drugs tempt us every day. They're all around us. I am gonna tell you how I stay away from drugs. Read More »

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Teen feeling left out by a group of young women - peer pressure and bullying can influence drug use

Your Environment May Influence Drug Use

Sara Bellum
October 17, 2013

A NIDA-funded study found that a healthy person was at a higher risk for abusing drugs if a sibling or spouse abused drugs. The closer the siblings are in age, the greater the chances. Read More »

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Young women with words "To live naturally high" written next to her

Music and a Positive Lifestyle: One Teen’s “Natural High”

Sara Bellum
May 07, 2013

What is Allura Garis’ Natural High? Music. Why? She enjoys how music brings people together. She also loves the passion that her favorite musicians bring to their performances. Read More »

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Emily Low

National Drug Facts Week “Drug Awareness Pep Rally”—Success in Galveston County, Texas!

Emily Low, O’Connell College Preparatory High School Senior
March 14, 2013

Drug awareness has been an important subject to me since I was a young girl. My parents taught me from a young age to stand up for what I believe in, no matter what. I have always felt that young adults are under a lot of pressure from friends and family to make good grades and smart decisions. Read More »

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A teenage boy talking to his mother.

Parents: How Much Do They Influence You?

Sara Bellum
October 25, 2012

Someone offers you a cigarette or a beer. In the split second that you have to consider your answer, what do you think about? What your friends will think? What about what your parents would think? Read More »

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