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NIDA. (2011, November 17). Let's Talk: How Do You Avoid Peer Pressure?. Retrieved from

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Sara Bellum
November 17 2011
Two young men talking outdoors

Peer pressure comes in many different forms. You might feel it in group situations, or you might have friends who try to get you to do things that make you uneasy, like smoke cigarettes, steal your parents' prescription medications, cheat on a test, or skip school.

It's hard to stand up for what you believe when everyone else is pushing something different. It's hard for adults, and it's especially hard for teens. So how do you do it—how do you resist peer pressure? What ideas do you have for staying true to you?