NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Let's Talk: Do You Blog?

Blogging is a great way to express yourself. With technology platforms that are free and easy to use, it’s never been easier to start a blog. To get a sense of the state of blogs written by teens, we checked out the annual weblog awards—aka, the Bloggies—to find out who’s blogging and who’s paying attention. The Bloggies awarded prizes for a “best teen blog category” written by those age 19 or younger, recognizing winning entries from 2008 to 2010. The following teen blogs received Bloggies in 2010:

  • 17 and Baking writes about her passion for writing, baking, and photography and includes recipes and foodie photos on her site.
  • Young Chicagonista celebrates being “girl inspired; girl powered.”
  • Break the Sky, now a college student, offers an entry about her family’s custom of catching up and talking around the dinner table.

Although the Bloggies eliminated the teen category in 2011, we don’t think that means we have to mourn the death of the teen blog. So, we ask you: do you blog? If not, what’s your favorite way to share your thoughts and ideas with friends, family, and potential fans? You can write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before. Just drop us a comment. We always look forward to hearing from you!

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Let's Talk: First Impressions

Thanks to all the SBB readers who are leaving comments and asking questions on the Sara Bellum blog. It's time for Question #4-let us know what you think.

Question #4: So, we're curious…how would you describe the Sara Bellum blog to a friend?

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the "Leave a Reply" box below, or send us a message. As always, we will read all comments and consider all feedback. The following month, check back with the SBB to see how we've addressed your suggestions and to answer the next question.

Please remember, even though we've posted a fourth question, you can still respond to Question #1 , Question #2 and Question #3. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Let's Talk: How Do You Kick Back?

It’s a known fact that the teenage years are a big transition time of physical and mental development for both males and females. It is a time of trying new things, meeting new people, exploring the world around you, figuring out who you are and who you want to be as an adult, and testing limits that come with independence. Occasionally, we ask you for feedback so that we can get to know you better and publish posts that interest you.

So, today we want to ask: how do you kick back and relax with your friends?

Do you like to get together with friends before a big game at school? Do you play sports? Hang out at the mall or go see movies? Do you like to have time alone to write in a journal or read? Are you cool with having parents around when someone has a party?

To answer the question, either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback.

Remember, you can look at previous questions we’ve asked at any time! Whether you respond to an older post or the newest post, we always look forward to hearing from you.

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Let's Talk: Which Feature of the PEERx Web Site Do You Like Best?

There are lots of really cool features on the newly updated PEERx Web site. Have you seen them? Check them out here. From unique downloadable images that you can iron right onto T-shirts or print onto stickers, to the new Choose Your Path video that puts YOU in the driver's seat to decide what happens next, to the Activity Guide full of fun things you can plan in your school or community group—there is something for everyone!

So now we want to know, what is your favorite feature on the PEERx Web site? Do you like to download cool designs, choose a path in a video activity, or create your own stories?

To answer the question, you can either write your response in the "Leave a Reply" box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback.

Don't forget that you can always respond to questions we've asked before, so comment away! We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

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Let's Talk: Images and Videos

Ready for another question? Without you, our readers, the SBB wouldn't be worth much. So, keep telling us what you think.

Question #5: Do the images and videos on the blog catch your eye? If not, what would you recommend changing?

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the "Leave a Reply" box below, or send us a message. As always, we will read all comments and consider all feedback.

The following month, check back with the SBB to see how we've addressed your suggestions and to answer the next question.

Please remember, even though we've posted a fifth question, you can still respond to Question #1 , Question #2, Question #3, and Question #4. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Let’s Talk: Video Posts

Every now and then, we like to feature NIDA videos about drug abuse and addiction here on this blog—like Get Back in the Game—Use Painkillers Safely; Dr. Nora Volkow’s Visit to Harlem High School; Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction; Marijuana Addiction Facts for Teens; and Dr. Ruben Baler’s video on the dangers and effects of steroid abuse. (Want to see these videos and more? Click on the image below). So now we want to know:

What do you think of these videos? Do the video topics pull you in? Would you want to see more of NIDA’s videos featured on the SBB?

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To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before; just drop us a comment! We always look forward to hearing from you!

Does Smoking on TV Influence You?

The Government banned cigarette commercials on television in 1970 after the 1964 Surgeon General’s report found that smoking cigarettes increased your chances of getting lung cancer.  This was a big deal, considering the strong smoking culture in the United States at the time.  However, this ban didn’t stop smoking on television. Forty-years later, characters on television shows continue to smoke.

And, what if we told you that teens are one of the primary audiences for some of those shows?

Researchers from Columbia University and Legacy (formerly the American Legacy Foundation), an anti-tobacco group that produces the “Truth” anti-smoking ad campaign, teamed up to find out how often tobacco use shows up on TV shows popular with teens.  The shows included:

“Gossip Girl,” “Heroes,” “American Dad,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Family Guy,” “House,” and “The Simpsons.” They also looked at reality shows like “America’s Next Top Model” to measure depictions such as smoking, or even showing a pipe or pack of cigarettes on screen.

TV Shows Still Smokin’

Researchers watched every episode of the season. Of the 73 episodes in the analysis, 40 percent contained at least one depiction of tobacco (mainly cigarettes), double the rate from a similar study 10 years earlier. In all, there were 271 depictions, which worked out to an average of 4.4 depictions an hour.

Published in February 2011, the researchers concluded in their study:

Substantial tobacco use was observed in television shows popular among youth. It is projected that almost 1 million youth were exposed to tobacco depictions through the programming examined. Tobacco use on television should be a cause for concern, particularly because of the high volume of television viewing among younger audiences.

Other research on the connection between hours spent watching TV and young people taking up smoking, it was found that tweens and teens who watched 5 or more hours of TV each day were almost six times more likely to take up smoking than those who watched less than 2 hours.

Why Does It Matter?

Seeing other teens and young adults—celebrities, entertainers, and musicians—smoking can make it seem “cool” or popular. In fact, tobacco companies are counting on it and have invested a lot of time and money to find out the best places to reach teens. Just because the tobacco companies are banned from showing commercials on television doesn’t mean they can’t influence the content of TV shows in other, more subtle ways, or use other tools to influence smoking behavior.

Fortunately, NIDA’s 2011 Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders found that smoking is decreasing to historically low rates among teens, so it appears most young people are smarter than the tobacco marketers had hoped.

Which Program Had the Most Smoking-Related Depictions?

Meanwhile, can you guess which primetime program that the Columbia University and Legacy researchers studied showed the highest incidence of smoking-related depictions? Was it (a) “Gossip Girl,” (b) “Heroes,” or (c) “America’s Next Top Model”? If you picked (c), the reality-based show “America’s Top Model,” you got it right.

Kind of ironic that a show about being beautiful and glamorous shows young girls using an addictive product that eventually will make their teeth yellow, cause premature wrinkling, and possibly lead to cancer, emphysema, or heart disease—none of which is very glamorous!

What do you think about depictions of smoking on TV? To answer the question, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback! We look forward to hearing from you.

To learn more about the effect of product placement on teens, check out Drugs: Shatter the Myths.

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Let's Talk: Guest Posts

We’re delighted to have so many engaged SBB readers, including those of you who vote on posts, leave us comments and send us messages. Since we’ve launched this blog, we’ve had well over a million page views and hundreds of comments.

As much as we love our involved readers, we’re now on the lookout for enthusiastic writers. Sooo…

Question #6: Would you be interested in submitting a guest post to NIDA and be featured on the Sara Bellum Blog?

Sharing your stories and real-life experiences can benefit your friends and community. If interested, send us an email note and let us know if you have a story or message you’d like to share with us and the SBB audience. Or, let us know what you think of the idea in the comments below.

As a reminder, even though we’re on Question #6, you can still respond to previous questions we’ve asked. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you—whether you’re a reader or a writer.

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Let's Talk: Let’s Get Interactive!

The Sara Bellum Blog isn’t just a place for us to post information… Talking to ourselves is boring! By now you know that our readers’ opinions really matter to us, and we want to interact with you, exchanging ideas and information. The posts in our “Let’s Talk” category ask specific questions for your feedback, so we want to hear your ideas on how we can do even better! What types of posts or features would inspire you and your friends or classmates to get more involved in the Sara Bellum Blog? To answer the question, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or you can send us a message. As always, we read all of your comments and feedback. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before. Just drop us a note! We always look forward to hearing from you! Let’s Get Interactive!

Let's Talk: Give Us Feedback on the NIDA for Teens Web Site

NIDA is getting ready to re-do the NIDA for Teens Web site, which gives teens science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so they have more info to make healthy decisions. Now we need your help to make the site the best it can be by giving us your feedback. So...

  • What do you think of the current site?
  • What is your favorite part of the site?
  • What section on the site are you least likely to visit?
  • What would you like to see on the site that isn't there now?

Submit your ideas as comments on this post! Tell us what you—teens, teachers, parents—want to see on the NIDA for Teens Web site in the future. Thank you in advance for your opinions.

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Happy 1st Birthday, Sara Bellum Blog!

Happy birthday to us! We’re excited to say that the Sara Bellum blog has been up and running for one year now. And not to brag, but we’ve won several awards in that time (yea!). So thank you for helping to make this so successful….We couldn’t have done it without your help. Please celebrate with us by telling us which of the top 9 posts from the past year you liked best:

  1. NIDA News: Who Gets Fooled by Flavors?
  2. Real Teens Ask: What Types of Drugs are High School Students Using?
  3. Energy Drinks: A Boost in the Wrong Direction?
  4. Real Teens Ask About Marijuana
  5. Meth Mouth and Crank Bugs: Meth-a-morphosis
  6. Real Teens Ask: Do Many Kids in High School Do Drugs?
  7. Real Teens Ask: How Old Are Kids Who Start Using Drugs?
  8. Binge Drinking Matters–To Your Brain
  9. How Does Cocaine Work? It’s Partly In Your Genes

So which is it? To answer the question, you can either “Leave a Reply” in the box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback.

Oh yeah, even though a whole year has passed, you can still answer previous questions. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Let's Talk: How YOU Can Help

Here’s a tough one: what can you do if someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol? You want to help. But how do you know the best thing to say or the best time to say it? Were you ever at a party with a friend who’d had a few too many beers and then insisted on driving you both home? Did you get in the passenger seat and hope for the best, or did you refuse? Did you take the car keys away before he could hurt himself or anyone else? Or did you choose not to confront him? Or, have you ever turned to a family member or another adult you trusted to help you help a friend with a drug or alcohol problem? If you’ve had an experience like this and want to share how you handled it, or what resources you turned to, you might be able to help other teens who find themselves in the same situation. You can write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before. Just drop us a comment. We always look forward to hearing from you! How YOU Can Help

Rap Music and Molly

NIDA stays up to date on drug use trends. At the end of 2012, we noticed a huge spike in the number of searches on the NIDA for Teens Web site for information on “Molly,” a club drug made from MDMA, the pure form of Ecstasy.

Mostly, Molly is abused at clubs and concerts and is referred to in electronic music. Now, rap and hip hop are mentioning the drug more often.

In 2012, several major artists released songs that referenced Molly:

  • Kanye West, “Mercy”: “Something about Mary, she gone off that Molly / Now the whole party is melted like Dalí.”
  • Trinidad James, “All Gold Everything”: “Popped a Molly and now I’m sweating, woo!”
  • Rihanna, “Diamonds”: “Palms rise to the universe, as we moonshine and Molly / Feel the warmth, we’ll never die / We’re like diamonds in the sky.”

While many of these songs focus on the euphoria Molly can cause, they leave out the dangers it poses to the brain and body. To find out indepth information about how Molly affects the brain, check out this three-part series on MDMA.

Molly may be a hot topic in pop culture, but most teens steer clear of the drug. In 2012, NIDA’s Monitoring the Future survey found that only 7.2% of 12th graders had used Ecstasy in their lifetimes—a 4.5% decrease from 2011.

Tell us: Does rap music influence what you and your friends do, like what you wear? Do references in rap songs make you want to seek out the facts?
 

Get the Download on Drugs: Help Us Shatter the Myths!

National Drug Facts Week is coming, and teens all over the country will be talking. To get the conversation started, NIDA has created a booklet, Drugs: Shatter the Myths, that separates fact from fiction about drug abuse and addiction. As you’ll notice, the ‘thought’ questions below also appear at the back of the booklet. We want your opinions—so join in the discussion by leaving us a comment. It can be about one of these ideas, or your own. 1. How do you convince a friend who is using drugs that they may be at risk for addiction or other bad consequences even though they feel fine right now? 2. Knowing what we do now, would you make cigarettes illegal if you could? 3. What is the best way to convince you or your friends that prescription drugs can be dangerous when abused— without scaring the people who need them? 4. Do you consider it cheating when athletes use steroids to improve their performance—what should the consequences be? 5. What’s the best way to get messages out to teens?
  • Social networks
  • TV ads
  • Web sites
6. Who should the messages be from? If we haven’t covered something you want to know more about, go to http://www.teens.drugabuse.gov and enter your topic in the search box – and thanks for sharing!

Let's Talk: Setting Goals

When someone talks about setting goals, how do you respond? Do you roll your eyes because it sounds lame or maybe stresses you out? Are you a planner who likes to make lists? Talking about goals and thinking about how to achieve them may seem boring when you’d rather live in the moment. But setting goals can really help you be successful—in school and in life. Goals can be big and “dreamy” or small and focused, far away or around the corner. Most people have some kind of combination. So what are your goals, and what are you doing to achieve them? How do you stay motivated to reach those goals? To answer the question, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all of your comments and feedback. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before, so just drop us a comment. We always look forward to hearing from you! Setting Goals

Let's Talk: Define Interesting

Ready for another question, SBB readers? Hope that’s a yes! We want to know what you think.

And now for Question #7: Which of these topics interest you the most – personal stories, current events, celebrities, sports, relationships, technology, something else?

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we will read all comments and consider all feedback. Check back with the SBB to see how we’ve addressed your suggestions and to answer the next question.

And don’t forget, even though we’re on Question #7, you can still respond to previous questions we’ve asked. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Let's Talk: How Do You Use Facebook?

Are you on Facebook? Chances are, the answer is yes—the popular site has more than 750 million active users who spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook! Individuals might use Facebook in a variety of ways—to connect with friends and family, share photos, keep up-to-date on the latest news at school or in the world, and even plan events. Organizations also use Facebook to get their messages out—for instance, maybe your school has a chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). The organization has a page on Facebook. Check out the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Drug Facts Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NIDA.Drug.Facts.Week and find out more about National Drug Facts Week 2011. And now SBB wants to know—how do you use Facebook? Do you “Like” any organizations or groups on Facebook? Do you “Like” any groups or campaigns that promote healthy living? To answer the questions, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or you can send us a message. As always, we read all of your comments and feedback. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before. Just drop us a note! We look forward to hearing from you! Facebook

Let's Talk: Social Networking Sites

Dozens of social networking sites are out there, and SBB is curious:

Question #8: Which social networking site is your favorite? Do you like MyYearbook or Bebo? How about Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace?

Maybe your site of choice is something else entirely. So, tell us what your favorite social networking site is. Please tell us what you like about it, too.

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. We read all comments and consider all feedback.

As always, even though we’re on Question #8, you can still respond to previous questions we’ve asked. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Let’s Talk: National Drug Facts Week

In November 2010, NIDA held its first-ever National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), where people around the U.S. worked with friends, family, and neighbors to plan events to dispel the myths and discuss the facts about drug abuse.

People got really creative with their events. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America held a game show called “Think Fast” at its National Leadership Forum.

NDFW was so successful last year that NIDA has planned another: this year’s NDFW will be the week of October 31-November 6!

So, now, we want to know: Will you be participating in this year’s NDFW? Are you planning an event? What type of event would you like to attend?

To answer the questions, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. We read all of your comments and feedback.

Don’t forget that you can respond to questions we’ve asked before. As always, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Let's Talk: Drug Information Web Sites

SBB talks a lot about science related to drug abuse and addiction. Judging from the great comments and questions that you guys have posted during the year, we can tell that you have brushed up on your facts. So once again, give us the scoop:

Besides SBB, what other blogs or Web sites do you visit to get the facts on science, health, drugs, and addiction?

To answer the question, either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback.

Remember, you can respond to previous questions we’ve asked at any time! Whether you respond to an older post or the newest post, we always look forward to hearing from you.

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Let's Talk: Where do you find science-based health information?

Many U.S. Government agencies have Web sites to share information and resources with the public. Some help you find services you need—for instance, the Motor Vehicle Administration in your state helps you understand how to get your driver’s license. The CDC site helps your parents know what vaccines to get before they travel internationally. Some agencies, like NASA or the Smithsonian Institution, have upped the “cool factor” and designed contests, stories, games, and puzzles to entertain younger Web visitors. Other Government Web sites, like NIDA’s, are geared to help teens and their families understand health issues from a science perspective. Two of our favorite sites (besides the Sara Bellum Blog and NIDA for Teens, of course!) include:

  • Above the Influence offers teen-focused, informative, and accurate drug- and alcohol-related info, not to mention a cool logo and tons of ways to get involved in helping friends and family learn the facts.
  • Distraction is also geared to young people, with info about distracted driving and why you should avoid it.

Many Government agencies are designing their outreach efforts to do more than talk at you—they want feedback like comments on blogs, contest entries, photos, and more. In fact, SBB is asking for your feedback right now! What Government Web sites do you like? What do you like about them? Do you use them for anything besides school projects? And do you ever share your opinions on these types of Web sites? To answer the questions, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. We read all of your comments and feedback. Don’t forget that you can respond to questions we’ve asked before. As always, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Let's Talk: SBB Wants Your Feedback

Good news SBB readers, each week more and more of you are visiting the blog. Because more of you are tuning in, we want to make sure we provide you with the most interesting and helpful information. We always take your comments and your messages into consideration, and you've already given us great insight. So, we are taking it a step further. In other words, we want more of your feedback!

Here's how it's going to work. Each month, we'll post a specific question on the blog asking for your feedback. The first question is:

Question #1: What would you like to talk about, or know more about, on the topic of drug abuse?

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the "Leave a Reply" box below, or send us a message. As always, we will read all comments and consider all feedback. The following month, check back with the SBB to see how we've addressed your suggestions and to answer the next question.

Your comments and suggestions will help guide the future development of the Blog. For example, if you think there are too many blog posts on nicotine addiction or not enough videos, or if you want to read more about real teens' stories or see videos on the consequences of prescription drug abuse, we want to know. We look forward to hearing from you, so let's get started.

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Let's Talk: Who is Your Role Model?

Everyone looks up to someone…a family member, a celebrity, or someone who has overcome hard times to succeed in life. It helps us to have a role model.

Question #9: Who do you look up to? Who are your role models? Why?

To answer, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. We want to know about the people you respect and why they inspire you—because that helps us create more meaningful messages about drug abuse.

And remember, even though 2010 is over, you can still respond to previous questions we’ve asked from this year or last. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Using the Internet To Learn the Science About Drugs

The Internet is teeming with blogs about everything from food to shopping to high-tech gadgets. Anyone and everyone can start a blog, and while many bloggers try their hardest to get the facts right, mistakes do happen. When considering a post about a new fashion trend, that may seem harmless; but what about blogs that include information about prescription drug abuse or the effects of inhalants? In that case, wrong information can be dangerous—even deadly.

NIDA works hard to give teens accurate and reliable information on the Internet and encourages teens to ask questions about drugs and drug abuse. NIDA even sponsors a major Internet-based event every year called Drug Facts Chat Day where high school students from around the country can ask questions directly to NIDA experts.

Also, you can always ask questions here, in the SBB comments. Recently, SBB received a bunch of interesting new comments on last year’s post about NIDA’s National Drug Facts Week, “Get the Download on Drugs: Help Us Shatter the Myths.” Apparently, a teacher assigned students to read this blog post to help them answer particular questions.

Here are some sample comments (we didn’t edit these at all):

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Question 5 - The best way to get the message out to teens is on TV because not all teens have a computer or an account, but most teens have a TV and watch it all the time at home. You can have a TV show where the they dedicate an episode to not doing stuff like, smoking and drinking!!

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@muellerperiod5: Question 4- If an athlete uses steroids to improve they’re performance, I do think that is cheating. Because, they would be stronger than everyone else, it just wouldn’t be fair, that person could hurt others, and they would make the people who aren’t on steroids feel bad because they wouldn’t be doing as well as the person who is. Using steroids, or any other type of drug, comes with consequences. I think that the athlete who is using steroids should be kicked off the team as their consequence. I bet someone who doesn’t use steroids would do even better than the person who is.

Question 5 - I think Social Networks would be the best way to get the message out to teens. I think that because, most kids are on Facebook and Myspace and Twitter or just on the computer. Most teens wouldn’t pay attention to adults when they say drugs are bad, but since it’s on Facebook or Twitter, they would be more likely to pay attention.

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SBB is proud to provide this science-based blog (and resource!) for teens.

So, how can you tell if the Web sites you visit offer reliable information? To answer the questions, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. We read all of your comments and feedback.

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Let's Talk: SBB Wants Your Feedback

Hey, SBB readers, are you ready for round two? We sure hope so.

Remember, with your comments and suggestions you can help guide the future development of the blog. If there is something you love and want to see more of, tell us. If there is something that you think is important and is missing from the Blog, make sure to let us know. You can start by providing us with your feedback to Question #2—here it is:

Question #2: Tell us one thing you've learned on the Sara Bellum blog.

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the "Leave a Reply" box below, or send us a message. As always, we will read all comments and consider all feedback. The following month, check back with the SBB to see how we've addressed your suggestions and to answer the next question. Please remember, even though we've posted a second question, you can still respond to Question #1. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Let’s Talk: Blog Post Categories

By now you know that our readers’ opinions matter to us, especially when it comes to the topics we cover. SBB publishes posts in 13 different categories: Blast from the Past, Codebreaker, Featured Posts, From the Lab, Know the Scene, Let’s Talk, National Drug Facts Week, NIDA News, Real Life, Real Teens Ask, Sara’s Stats, Video Posts and Word of the Day. So, we would like to know…

Which blog category do you like the most? Why?

Update (3/2/12): We've made changes to the blog categories based on feedback from teens like you Let us know what you think. Did we get it right?

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback.

Remember, you can respond to any previous questions by clicking here. As always, we look forward to hearing from you!

Let's Talk: How Do You Avoid Peer Pressure?

Peer pressure comes in many different forms. You might feel it in group situations, or you might have friends who try to get you to do things that make you uneasy, like smoke cigarettes, steal your parents' prescription medications, cheat on a test, or skip school.

It's hard to stand up for what you believe when everyone else is pushing something different. It's hard for adults, and it's especially hard for teens. So how do you do it—how do you resist peer pressure? What ideas do you have for staying true to you?

To answer the question, you can either write your response in the "Leave a Reply" box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all of your comments and feedback.

Don't forget that you can always respond to questions we've asked before, so just drop us a comment. We always look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Let's Talk: SBB Wants Your Feedback

The SBB enters 2010 with excitement and hope for a great new year and, as always, we are welcoming your feedback about the Blog. Take a look at Question #3 and let us know what you think!

Question #3: What would you like to know more about when it comes to the science behind drugs and their effects?

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the "Leave a Reply" box below, or send us a message. As always, we will read all comments and consider all feedback. The following month, check back with the SBB to see how we've addressed your suggestions and to answer the next question.

Please remember, even though we've posted a third question, you can still respond to Question #1 and Question #2. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Let’s Talk: Social Media

A few months ago, we asked you about your favorite social networking sites—including Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and Twitter— and now we want to know a little bit about how you use social media. “Social media” is an overarching term that refers to interactive Web sites as a whole, not just social networking Web sites. While this term surely encompasses social networking sites, social media also can refer to blogs and Web sites such as YouTube, Tumblr, Web sites with online discussion forums, and more.

So now we want to know: how do you use social media? Do you blog, watch YouTube videos, post on discussion boards, or share your favorite viral videos and pictures on Tumblr?

To answer the question, you can either submit a comment by writing your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all comments and consider all feedback.

Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before; just drop us a comment! We always look forward to hearing from you!

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