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teen: 12-18 yrs.

The peer pressure to try drugs is no less intense than the sexual pressure that so many adolescents face. As with any situation that could conceivably lead to trouble, we need to prepare our kids to refuse offers of alcohol and other drugs–preferably without alienating their peers, although sometimes that isn't possible.

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Adolescents who abuse alcohol or other drugs can be as secretive as undercover agents, leading double lives. If you’ve been carrying around the nagging feeling that your teenager may be doing drugs, please don’t ignore it.