Say “No” to drugs


What is drug abuse?

Drug abuse is a negative pattern of using a substance that can lead to physical, psychological, and social problems. Most people do not start using drugs expecting to develop a substance abuse problem—they see their drug use as a casual way to have fun. Unfortunately, once they start, many find it difficult to stop, and the habit eventually takes control over their lives. Many teenagers tell themselves they will only try a drug once, but after the first try, they are usually under peer pressure to continue experimenting with drugs. Don’t take the risk—not even once. Say “No” to drugs!



What happens to my body when I use drugs?

  • Impaired judgment
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Paranoia
  • Memory loss
  • Brain damage
  • Death


Smart Ways to Say “NO” to Drugs:

If you don’t want to take drugs, you don’t need to explain to those who offer drugs to you. All you need to do is simply say “No” and walk away. Here are some effective responses:

  • “No thanks. I’m really not into that stuff.”
  • “No thanks. I need all the brains I’ve got.”
  • “My coach says ___ (using drugs, smoking, drinking, etc.) will hurt my game.”
  •  “No, I’m saving all my money to buy a ___.”
  • “My life is difficult enough without having to deal with this added hassle.”
  • Change the subject. “Let’s go watch a movie.” “Let’s play basketball.”
  • Broken record strategy: repeat the refusal or keep saying No.
  • Cold shoulder: ignore the person.
  • Strength in numbers: walk with friends who do not do drugs.

 How to Stay Away From Drug Use:

  • Try to associate with people who do not use drugs, and avoid situations where drugs will be used or offered to you.
  • Prepare yourself for occasions when friends, peers, or even strangers offer drugs to you.
  • Participate in activities that are fulfilling to you. They are more fun, cheaper, safer, and healthier than abusing drugs.
  • Have a good friend whom you can talk to about anything and who genuinely cares about you.
  • Recognize your talents, skills, and accomplishments; remind yourself of them when you feel worthless.
  • Realize that the future is full of hope and promises, even though it might not seem that way at the time, and abusing drugs will rob you of them.