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Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?


Sara Bellum
July 16, 2014

Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Cerebellum

Sara Bellum
October 29, 2009

Our word for today is: Cerebellum Read More »

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Brian Marquis and pitcher Garrett Mock (L) and center fielder Willie Harris (R)

Real Life: Student Athlete's Battle with Steroid Abuse, Taylor's Story

Brian Marquis
October 27, 2009

Let me introduce you to Taylor-a 17-year old, high school athlete from Plano, Texas. You might be a student-athlete yourself or have friends who are student athletes, so Taylor’s story might speak especially to you. Read More »

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NIDA’s Dr. Nora Volkow (far left) joins in holding the banner for the “A&E Recovery Rally” walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, held September 12, in NYC. Image Courtesy of A&E Entertainment

A Bridge to Recovery

Sara Bellum
October 22, 2009

Question: What happens when 10,000 people in recovery from drug abuse and addiction get together to celebrate their sobriety? Answer: Inspiration! Read More »

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Are You Good to Go?

Dr. John Ohab
October 19, 2009

In the U.S. military, servicemembers ask each other this question to make sure that they're ready and able to accomplish the mission at hand. If someone is "good to go," then they are alert, accountable, and prepared to do their job. Read More »

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Word of the Day: "AIDS"

Sara Bellum
October 15, 2009

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It’s a disease caused by the HIV virus, which breaks down the body’s immune system, or our natural defenses against disease. Read More »

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