Myth & reality

Think that everyone’s doing drugs and drinking? Or that smoking marijuana’s okay? Or that it’s cool to get drunk on the weekends? Maybe that’s what kids say...but it’s not really true. Get the facts.

Myth: Everyone’s drinking and using drugs.

Reality: Most kids in New Hampshire don’t do drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol.

Myth: Getting hammered on Saturday is a way to let off steam.

Reality: Binge drinking erases your memory and zaps your ability to learn. And it makes you make really dumb choices, like getting in a car with someone who’s drunk. Alcohol

Myth: Marijuana is harmless.

Reality: Not so. Marijuana causes a lot of the same health problems as cigarettes, and it can have an effect on your grades. Did you know that kids who get good grades are a lot less likely to use marijuana than kids who get bad grades? Marijuana

Myth: Kids who smoke cigarettes are free spirited, and are standing up to authority.

Reality: Kids who buy tobacco are supporting big business. Cigarette advertising aimed at kids really does cause kids to buy cigarettes – and get hooked. That’s a proven fact. Don’t be manipulated by that hype. Tobacco

Myth: A doctor prescribes prescription drugs, so that means they’re safe.

Reality: Abusing any prescription drug can lead to addiction, serious side effects and, in some cases, can lead to accidental death by overdose. Prescription Drugs

Get all the facts about alcohol and drugs. Drug Guide