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6 Tactful Tips for Resisting Peer Pressure To Use Drugs and Alcohol

The NIDA Blog Team
March 09, 2015

Even when you are confident in your decision not to use drugs or alcohol, it can be hard when it’s your friend who is offering. Here are a few tips that may come in handy. Read More »

A roomful of experts from NIDA and other government health institutes answering questions from teens about drug via computers.

Reflecting on Drug Facts Chat Day

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
March 02, 2015

Marijuana and peer pressure were two of the most popular themes during Drug Facts Chat Day—NIDA's  the main opportunity to communicate directly with young people.   Read More »

Gymkana members balancing on chairs.

Gymkana—An Awesome Way to Steer Clear of Drugs and Alcohol

The NIDA Blog Team
February 23, 2015

One of the best ways to escape the pressure to drink alcohol or take drugs is to hang out with people that don’t use them. If you think no one shares your desire to live a healthy life—think again. You just have to know where to look. Read More »

Two teen girls being goofy.

“I Wish That I Could Be Like The Cool Kids.”

The NIDA Blog Team
January 12, 2015

If in 10 years you were to take a look back at the cool kids in your middle school— recent research suggests—they may not turn out like you’d expect. Read More »

Teens linking arms in friendship.

Alcohol: The Friend Factor

Sara Bellum
June 18, 2014

Friends can influence your opinion about music, fashion—and alcohol. In this updated post from 2013, NIDA provides strategies for staying true to yourself and avoiding peer pressure. Read More »