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Get the Download on Drugs: Help Us Shatter the Myths!

Sara Bellum

National Drug Facts Week is coming, and teens all over the country will be talking. To get the conversation started, NIDA has created a booklet, Drugs: Shatter the Myths, that separates fact from fiction about drug abuse and addiction. As you’ll notice, the ‘thought’ questions below also appear at the back of the booklet. We want your opinions—so join in the discussion by leaving us a comment. It can be about one of these ideas, or your own. 1. How do you convince a friend who is using drugs that they may be at risk for addiction or other bad consequences even though they feel fine right now? 2. Knowing what we do now, would you make cigarettes illegal if you could? 3. What is the best way to convince you or your friends that prescription drugs can be dangerous when abused— without scaring the people who need them? 4. Do you consider it cheating when athletes use steroids to improve their performance—what should the consequences be? 5. What’s the best way to get messages out to teens?

  • Social networks
  • TV ads
  • Web sites

6. Who should the messages be from? If we haven’t covered something you want to know more about, go to http://www.teens.drugabuse.gov and enter your topic in the search box – and thanks for sharing!

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2. yes I would make cigarettes illegal if I could because they can become addictive to anyone if you start at a younger age you can start being addicted as well.
4. I do thing taking steroids for athletic reasons is cheating. the punishment should be to not be able to play on the team you are trying out for
I think the best way to send messages to teens Is by social networking. Most teens aren't watching tv anymore Nowak they are always on iPads, phones, computers and other portable electronics.
2. Well yeah i would make cigarettes illegal if i could because the are so bad for you and my grandfather smokes and he is so addicted to them that he still smokes and he has one lung AND an oxygen machine. 5. The best way to get messages out to teens is to put stuff on social networks and on other popular websites.... so basically ELECTRONICS
2. Knowing what we do now, would you make cigarettes illegal if you could? For question 2, I personally would make cigarettes illegal. I always wondered why they weren't made illegal.? Basically everyone knows they are bad for you, life threatening. So why not banned them? Just doesn't make sense. So yes. I would banned them. 5. What’s the best way to get messages out to teens? Social networks? TV ads? Web sites? For question 5, I find all helpful. putting up adds, warnings, and useful way out there in any way possible is great. more people see it. If i really had to choose I'd most likely pick Tv more people now a days watch TV alot. If they went online not alot of people will search it. and not alot of the sites they go on will have ads.
I do think that it is considered cheating when athletes use steiroids! The worst part is is that most of the time it is the athletes that have a huge carere in front of them. I don't know why some people would risk their jobs and more importantly their lives just because they got addicted!
2. I would make cigarettes illegal if I could because I know a lot of people who smoke and I don't want them getting sick. 4. I do think that if athletes use steroids to improve that its cheating because they wouldn't be in the NFL or even the NCAA if they weren't good by themselves.
2. I would definitely make cigarettes illegal because they are as harmful as any other drug. Also people would have less of a chance of getting cancer or another disease. 5. The best way to get messages to teens is through web sites and social networks because a lot of teens use Twitter, Facebook, and are always on the internet so they would see it all the time.
2. I would make cigarettes illegal if I could because they are cancer sticks that kills people. 5. The best way to get out to teens is social media.
(2) I would make cigarettes illegal because kids my age are smoking cigarettes. (4) I do conceder it cheating when athletes use steroids because it makes them stronger have more energy etc...
i would make cigarettes illegal because they are so disgusting and who would want to die faster. a message i would give to teens is if you want to die faster and ruin your lungs and your life then go ahead but if not dont smoke
#2 i think that they should be illigal. #4 I think it is cheating because the are considerd Iligal substances
if i could ban cigarettes i would because that's one of the most common things that can cause death and it is killing more and more people every day
to show that teens that smoking is bad they should make tv ads and show pictures of what it looks like to have that much tar in your body and put those ads on teen nick where most teens watch tv on
2)yes although everyone has the right to do whatever they want(with themselves that is legal) and I am all about rights I just think that sense people are constantly breaking the law(for example illegal drugs and being under the age limit) I think if we could that we should just make them illegal(I am sure you know this but your just slowly killing yourself) 3)my awesome teacher told me that there are three reasons you are okay to take prescribed medication and drugs and that is if it is prescribed to you if you are taking it for a current sickness and if you are taking the right amount if you are under any of these circumstances you are fine
2Q. Knowing what we do now, would you make cigarettes illegal if you could? 2A. In a heartbeat. 4Q. Do you consider it cheating when athletes use steroids to improve their performance—what should the consequences be? 4A. I think it is cheating when athletes use steroids to improve their performance because on steroids you are not yourself. If you aren't yourself when performing, you are basically lying: cheating them. I think that if/when an athlete is caught using steroids, h/she should be immediately kicked off the team. I also think that an in-school suspension may even be considered. 6Q. Who should the messages be from? 6A. The message should be from us. Us as teens, us as our own, us as individuals, us by choice. To hear something from an adult, it's kind of natural to oppose it. To hear something from someone younger than yourself also makes you want to oppose it. Sometimes when my nine year old sister is warning me about something, I get mad. I don't mean it, we just don't want to be controlled by somebody younger, smaller, or not as smart, maybe. That's exactly why I think that WE should be the ones telling our friends, acquaintances, or even enemies not to drink, or smoke, or do drugs! It would be way more convincing! Now, if I haven't persuaded you enough, let me ask you this. Would you rather be told to make the right choice by: 1.) your parents or teachers 2.) your little seven year old brother 3.)your best friend The choice is up to you!
2) I wouldn't make cigarettes illegal only because it would only make a younger crowd MORE curious to try these products and break the law. 5) As for getting the word around it'd be smart to post it on social media, or anywhere on the internet, considering everything is online nowadays.
2. I wouldn't make cigarettes illegal if i could because their physical appearance would show as an example of the damage smoking would do to your body. Also i think Americans should lear for themselves would cigarettes can do to your body, it makes us stronger knowing that we overcame this evil ourselves 4. I do think it is cheating when athletes use drugs to enhance their performance because that doesn't give the other competitors a fair chance. I think the consequence should be suspension for a year so that they know what it feels like to not have that sport in their life, and they will do whatever they can to get in the game again, like quiting the drug.
2. I would make cigarettes illegal because people get cancer and die from them. 5. Social Networking
2. Knowing all of this info that we know now, of course I would make cigarettes illegal, because it would prevent thousands- even millions of people from getting sick or dying every year. 4. I do think it is some type of cheating, and should have consequences such as suspension from playing for a short period of time, but not too short. 5.I think that the best way to send the message is all 3- Social media, TV Ads, and Web Sites, so that all teens when using these things will see the message and hopefully follow it!
2. Knowing what I've learned now, I would make cigarettes illegal. The people smoking them are doing no good for their bodies. Sure, for some people it make relieve stress from smoking, but there are healthier ways to relieve stress. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco need to stop being sold. It could be a life or death situation, for so many people who smoke. Overall, in my opinion, cigarettes SHOULD be illegal. 5. There isn't really a best way to get messages out to teens, it really depends on the kind of individual they are. Some teens don't go on social networking sites, some don't have/watch TV, other people cannot access websites or a computer. The best way to get messages out to almost anyone is to have someone come in to talk with them. To tell about dangers about certain things, until everyone that was being talked to had a strong understanding, that they realized how dangerous drugs, tobacco, and alcohol are. For me, I'd say that would be the best way to get a message through to teens.
Yes, I think that using steroids to preform better is considered cheating. The athlete should have all or any awards taken away from them and to be banned form that sport.
2. I would make cigarettes illegal because it is very bad for everyone 5. I think the best way to get the word out is on t.v where everyone can see it 3. I would tell them it is bad for your health and can hurt you inside and out of your body
4. Do you consider it cheating when athletes use steroids to improve their performance—what should the consequence be? When athletes use steroids to improve their performance I do thinks it's cheating because then they make it an unfair playing field and also it can have harmful side effects like growth defects, kidney problems, liver problems, skin problems, and many more. The consequence should be the player gets banned from whatever league they play for. 5. What’s the best way to get messages out to teens? Social networks TV ads Web sites The best way to get the message out to teens is TV ads. I think this because the majority of teens watch TV and if its on TV teens can see the harmful effects of drugs, tobacco, and drinking without reading about it.
Q2: knowing what I know now, I would make cigarettes illegal because so many people smoke them even though it is bad for them. Maybe if it is illegal they will think twice Q4: I think it is considered cheating when athletes use steroids because they should work to perform well, not use drugs. I believe consequence should mean the athlete being benched or penalized
2. No I believe even if tobacco was illegal people would still find a way to get it. Either smuggling or buying it illeagelly 4. Yes i believe it is cheating because it can make you perform better and then you will have an unfair advantage on the other competing athletes who did not use these performance enhancing drug
2.If I could make cigarettes illegal I would. I think this because all cigarettes do is just destroy your body and a lot of people died from them. If cigarettes were illegal it would save a lot of peoples lives. 5. The best way to get messages out to teens is by social networks because I think most teens use them.
#2- I would not make cigarettes illegal, because people would still find them and smoke them. Robbery is illegal, does that mean people dont rob banks? NO. So why wouldn't they smaoke cigarettes? #4- I do not consider steroids to be cheating. As long as the team doesnt buy them for the athletes.. I think the way your body would react and get huge is punishment enough... Can you imagine how you would look when you got old? You would be a stretched out mess. So, in my book being old and stretchy is punishment enough.
If I could make cigarettes illegal right now I would. I would do this because there is no point of doing it and it hurts your body in so many ways.
question 4 i think that is cheating and there not working like the people that don't use those drugs
question 2 i would make cigs illegal because people know how bad they are and they still use them so its there risk
1) To convince a drug addict to stop using drugs I would explain to them the long term effects of drug use and even use before and after pictures of addicts. 5) The best way to get to teens is through all of the resources listed because most teens use them frequently. 6) The message of don't use drugs should come from peers because it doesn't sound like a lecture when a friend is telling you about the dangers of drugs.
4 it is cheating because they do amazing in the sport the consequence should be not to be able to play sport.5 they should get it out to teens by web site
I think I would make cigarettes illegal if I could. They have over 4,000 life-threatening chemicals in them!
I think the best way to get messages out to teens would be social network. Teens go on the internet all of the time.
5.) I think the best way to get messages out to teens is through social networks (like instagram,twitter, and facebook). 6.)I think the messages should be from teens peers. Their friends. They would listen to them and believe them more.
2- I would not make them illegal, I would make alternatives so people don't go crazy
4- Yes, because they make you better at the sport
I dont think cigarettes should be illegal. They shouldn't be illegal in my opinion because people know what can happen and are responsible for their own health. If they feel the need to relax and cigarettes are their escape, then let them do what they need to.
why do people do drugs and do ciggerets i mean it dose not tast good or look good... why do it?

There is no simple answer, SarahZ.  People do drugs because they believe it makes them feel good, helps them forget their problems, or improves their performance.  However, these effects are only temporary—if they truly exist at all.  In the long-term, drugs are harmful to your health.  And you're right, it's not a good look!

The message that could be sent could be "you can seriously get injured if not prescribed to you and used wrong." and that will maybe stop teens from using them. The message should be sent from a really good doctor.
4.) I dont think its cheating, if it helps them play their best game then let them. I dont think there should be any consequences. 5.) I think the best way to get the message out to teens is by social media because so many teens have and get involved with so much social media.
3. What is the best way to convince you or your friends that prescription drugs can be dangerous when abused— without scaring the people who need them? the best way to convince my friends that prescription drugs can be dangerous when abused without scaring people who need it is to tell them that is it harmful unless you are 1. prescribed by a doctor to use it. 2. use the right amount. 3. the injury is present. 4. Do you consider it cheating when athletes use steroids to improve their performance—what should the consequences be? I consider that it is cheating when athletes use steroids to improve their performance because they don't do anything but pop pills into their system. Other athletes take time to practice and train to be as good as they are. I think that if the coach of the athletes that took the steroids found out that the athlete did that I think the consequences should be that the athlete is either off the team for good or is suspended from the team until they are clean, because using steroids could lead into other drugs witch could lead to very dangerous health and career problems in the future.
Question #5 I think that the best way to reach teens is through the ads on T.V.. Kids are constantly opening pages on their phones and browsing here and there never paying attention to the ads that pop up (including me), also on social network. T.V. will always be a time of relaxation and your more focused on what you are watching. I think It will have a greater impact.
2) Yes, I would try and make cigarette illegal because they are very harmful to the body and are made of very dangerous things that can do very serious things to your health. 5) I think that social network get the message out to young teens because many teens use social network and maybe if they see their peers take a stand, they would become more evolved.
Question #4 I consider it cheating, performance should be on their own and not to be enhanced. They are lying to themselves to their teams and to fans. That is being someone your not and they should get fired and fined. It is not fair to the other athletes who work hard to perform at their best.
question #2 Yesssssssssss I would make it illegal!!! there is no benefit in smoking cigarettes. It harms your health, physical appearance, makes you look older than you are, makes your teeth yellow, makes you sound funny, makes you cough constantly, makes you smell, causes cancer, and kills you!!!!!! Say no more! If you think that cigarettes is a stress reliever than think about all the stress you would have because of the consequences in smoking it. It is wrong of the government to let companies make/sell just to make money.
YES,i would make cigarettes illegal because that is why some many people are dieing

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