Is there really such a thing as a gateway drug?
When you're surrounded and influenced by your friends, it's sometimes hard to make good choices. Don't give into peer pressure. Just because everyone else is doing it — that doesn't mean you have to! And a lot of times, once you start…you can't stop.
What exactly is a gateway drug?
When a drug, such as marijuana, alcohol or tobacco, opens up the door for other harder drugs like cocaine and heroin, it is known as a gateway drug. According to drugfree.org — 50 percent of teens in the U.S. have access to marijuana by the time they are 16. In some cases, this is the first drug that young teens are introduced to.
Remember that alcohol is also a drug.
Although, a study from the University of Florida found that alcohol is the gateway drug that is leading teens and young adults down the wrong path and exposing them to harsher drugs, many people unfortunately don't really consider alcohol a drug.
Don't become a victim of peer pressure.
How can you avoid becoming a victim of gateway drugs? Well, the simplest solution would be to just say no. If and when you are offered any type of drug (even alcohol), make sure you refuse — even if you are afraid of peer pressure.