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Why Does Peer Pressure Influence Teens To Try Drugs?

Sara Bellum
May 08, 2012

During NIDA’s most recent Drug Facts Chat Day,“Kid” from Totino-Grace High School in Minnesota, asked: “Why is peer pressure such a huge factor in teens’ temptations [to experiment with] drugs and alc Read More »

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Let's Talk: How Do You Avoid Peer Pressure?

Sara Bellum
November 17, 2011

Peer pressure comes in many different forms. You might feel it in group situations, or you might have friends who try to get you to do things that make you uneasy, like smoke cigarettes, steal your parents' prescription medications, cheat on a test, or skip school. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Why Take Drugs?

Sara Bellum
September 30, 2011

During NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day 2010, young people asked a lot of great questions. One really basic question came from a student in Pennsylvania: Why do people take drugs? Read More »

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Sara's Stats: Alcohol is Out!

Sara Bellum
May 17, 2011

We know you’ve heard how dangerous drinking alcohol is, especially if you’re underage. You might even hear from those who pressure you at parties and out-of-school gatherings that “everyone’s doing it.” But the truth is, not everyone’s doing it—take it from the scientists who know. Read More »

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Good Riddance: Peer Pressure

Sara Bellum
January 14, 2011

Peer pressure happens in every high school and middle school in the country, and is pretty much a part of growing up. Being pressured by your peers can be difficult and even stressful…it’s hard sometimes to go against the group and stand up for your beliefs and what you know is right. Read More »

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