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Just Say NO! To Drugs

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4/21/11 11:47 PM

Refusal Skills


~9 ways to say “NO” to Drugs~
It is important to note that each person is different and what works for one 
person may not work for you. You need to review this list and choose a few 
that you are comfortable using. Practice with your family to gain confidence!  
1. Say “NO THANKS”.  The easiest but some forget to try it. This often works 
when you are faced with friendly or teasing pressure.  
2. Give a Reason, Fact or Excuse.  The excuse needs to get you away from the 
person or situation. Practice an excuse so that you won’t hesitate and will sound 
confident. Have a code word to use with your parents. Text them the word and have 
them call to say you need to come home. 
 “My mom just called. Sorry..I gotta go. Something’s going on at home”. 
 “My parents would ground me for life” 
 “I forgot that I have a doctor’s appt. this afternoon”  
 “I already lost my phone privileges last week. If they find me doing this stuff I 
  will not be able to go anywhere for a month!” 
3. Walk Away.  One of the most effective refusal skills. You may feel obligated to 
stand and face “the enemy” but you need to just leave. Say no and walk away while 
saying it. 
4. Change the Subject.  You can offer another alternative activity. 
 “No. Let’s go play ball instead” 
 “Let’s go get a snack at my house. I’m hungry.” 
 “I wanted to play my Xbox this afternoon” 
5. Use Humor.  
 “No thanks. This stuff stunts my growth. I want to be tall to play ball.” 
 “Man, I need all the brain cells I can get. No thanks.” 
 “Pot makes you fat, stupid and gives you yellow teeth..I’ll pass.”    
6. Broken Record or Repeated Refusal. Keep saying “no” over and over again. It 
will buy you some time to use another refusal technique or be an annoyance. 
7. Cold Shoulder or Ignore.  Avoid directly confronting the person. Turn your 
shoulder and talk to someone else or just ignore them like you don’t hear them. 
8. Avoid the Situation.  Common sense tells you the places and times where there 
maybe problems with peer pressure. Avoid these situations. 
9. Strength in numbers. The truth is simple. If you surround yourself with friends 
that make good choices then you will too. The opposite is true as well. One of your most 
important choices you can make is the choice of your friends. Choose to hang out with 
Important points to remember: 
-Even at a young age you can be a great example for other kids when you say ‘no’ to 
drugs and alcohol.  
-Respect yourself and your family by not causing harm to your body.  
-Your parents are relying on you to be responsible. Show them that they can trust you. --  
-Resist being with people that are making bad choices.     
-Become active in things to meet new people and learn new skills. 
-Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help from someone you trust.


Why Kids Don't Do Drugs: (As told by an 8th grader.)

1. Kids don’t use drugs because they want to be healthy.  This is a good reason because you can get all kinds of cancers.

2.They have other things to do like sports, homework, and after school activities.

3.They just don’t want to so they don’t get sick.

Be smart like these kids and stay drug free!


Why Kids Do Use Drugs: (as told by a seventh grader)

1. Kids use drugs because they are feeling bad about themselves.  Once they have one drug they have to have more.

2. They are afraid to say no.

3.They want to feel good.

These kids don't realize or care that they are hurting themselves.  Once they start using drugs is is difficult to stop.  Don't even try drugs!

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Does Marijuana Affect School, Sports, or Other Activities?

It can. Marijuana affects memory, judgment and perception. The drug can make you mess up in school, in sports or clubs, or with your friends. If you're high on marijuana, you are more likely to make stupid mistakes that could embarrass or even hurt you. If you use marijuana a lot, you could start to lose interest in how you look and how you're getting along at school or work.

Athletes could find their performance is off; timing, movements, and coordination are all affected by THC. Also, since marijuana can affect judgment and decision making, its use can lead to risky sexual behavior, resulting in exposure to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.


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Put a Cap on Drugs


Why do Young People Use Marijuana?

There are many reasons why some children and young teens start smoking marijuana. Most young people smoke marijuana because their friends or brothers and sisters use marijuana and pressure them to try it. Some young people use it because they see older people in the family using it.

Others may think it's cool to use marijuana because they hear songs about it and see it on TV and in movies. Some teens may feel they need marijuana and other drugs to help them escape from problems at home, at school, or with friends.

No matter how many shirts and caps you see printed with the marijuana leaf, or how many groups sing about it, remember this: You don't have to use marijuana just because you think everybody else is doing it. Most teens do not use marijuana!

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There is plenty of school spirit saying no to drugs!
There is plenty of school spirit saying no to drugs!