Peer Pressure and Drugs
"Go on." "Everybody´s doing it." "It´s only one puff."
I didn´t know what to do. All these voices were repeating themselves over and over in my head. I didn´t want to give into them because I knew what I was doing was wrong. I didn´t want everyone to think I was scared but what if my parents found out. But I gave in.
It was time back at school after experimentation of the cigarettes; I was pressurized by one of my friends to smoke marijuana. In my mind I knew again what I was doing was wrong but in other side I was also thinking I had experiment the cigarettes and now marijuana it seem like it doesn’t matter if it is cigarettes or marijuana. And I again gave in.
One of the most important reasons of teenage drug usage is peer pressure. Peer pressure represents social influences that effect adolescents; it can have a positive or a negative effect, depending on the person's social group. We are greatly influenced by the people around us. Peer influences have been found to be among the strongest predictors of drug use during adolescence. It has been argued that peers initiate youth into drugs, provide drugs, model drug-using behaviors, and shape attitudes about drugs. As the peer pressure is the one of the solid factors for drug abuse and arises problems like depression, health problems, social problems, injuries, unprotected sex, violence, deaths, motor vehicle accidents, suicides, physical dependence or psychological addiction.
The social influence a peer group exerts on its individual members, as each member attempts to conform to the expectations of the group.
-New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
Peer pressure can be either good or bad influential. Peer pressure is often used in harmful ways. The bad influential of the peer pressure is the reasoning for the student to smoke or to drink or to do drugs before they are graduated. Many find it is hard to say no when their peers are doing drugs. It may seem easy to say no,...