Strategies for saying “no” to drugs Strategies for saying “no” to drugs

Parents can teach their children specific key phrases to use when dealing with the pressures they encounter to try drugs.

“Just say no” is a good start, states the American Academy of Pediatrics. But as the organization explains, “…few teens bent on enticing a peer to try drugs will let the matter rest there.” To deal with such a situation, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers a gamut of potential responses that can be used:

  •       A firm, but friendly, “No, thank you!”
  •       Change the subject. “No thanks. Hey, what did you think of that test yesterday in social studies?”
  •       Suggest a change of plan. “I was hoping to get you guys to shoot some hoops down at the school. How about it?”
  •       Saying no repeatedly: “Do you wanna go to the party with us?” “No, thanks.”
  •       Teach your children to respect their bodies. “No, thanks. I don’t drink. Besides, the swim team has a meet tomorrow, and I need to be in good shape.”
  •       And there is always this alternative: “My parents would kill me if they found out that I got high, and they always manage to find out!”

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