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Question: Why do students get involved in drugs?

Dear Intoxicant-Curious Student,

There are numerous reasons why students get involved in drugs. One of the most basic reasons is that teenagers are often faced with situations where they are at the receiving end of peer pressure, and become involved in order to fit in with their friends or to avoid bullying from others. They choose to take part in drugs so that they may become popular and don’t think about the consequences until they actually experience them. In addition, some students believe that taking part in drugs will calm their nerves and help them de-stress; however, there are consequences to taking drugs.

In many cases, teenagers taking drugs have gotten into car accidents and have even died from taking part in dangerous activities (such as jaywalking, hitchhiking, skydiving) that they wouldn’t have done had they been sober. In addition, people claim that drugs enable them to escape from reality and block out problems around them. They feel that drugs allow them to feel calm and tranquil through all the chaos they experience everyday. Ultimately, taking part in drugs is up to you: you may feel the pressure of others, or that the stress in your life is enveloping you; however, you should be aware of what you’re getting yourself into because once you open the door to drugs…it will be difficult to close, adding to the burdens that you’re trying to escape.

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