7 Questions From Teens About Peer Pressure, Drug Experimentation

Addiction researchers answer adolescents' questions about whether to say no—and how.


Monica - JIS - What drug is most dangerous?

Joe Frascella - That's a good question. All drugs can be potentially dangerous. It depends on lots of factors, especially since there is still a lot that we don't know about who becomes addicted and why. We do know that each individual is different, so it is really difficult to determine why one person may have one reaction, and another may have a more severe reaction. Here is a source of free information about the latest science-based drug abuse facts, publications, and teaching materials for parents, teachers and students. http://www.backtoschool.drugabuse.gov/ 34spy - cscs - do people use drugs in the bible?

Steve Grant - After the Flood, the Bible says that Noah got so drunk that he passed out naked, which was very embarrassing for him. So people have long recognized the dangers of drug abuse.You can find out more drug abuse at: http://www.drugabuse.gov/ emily - briarcliff high school - how do can you stand up to pure pressure if all your friends are pressuring you to smoke

Aria Crump - Peer pressure can really be difficult to handle. Here are a few tips. First be assertive about what you want (for them to back off).Remember that it's your body and at the end of the day, you live with the consequences of your choices. Feel free to state reasons, for example—"that stuff makes your clothes stink" or"I don't want to be addicted to cigarettes". Finally, be prepared to ask yourself if your friends are really acting like "friends" if they keep asking you to do something that you don't want to do—especially when it is something that's harmful to you. Stay strong.