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Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling—UPDATE


The NIDA Blog Team
September 18, 2014

In just one year there has been an increase of over 3,000 deaths from drug overdose—nearly 8%—between 2010 and 2011. More than half of those deaths (55%) are related to prescription drug abuse. Read More »

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - What You Can Do

Sara Bellum
April 19, 2011

Sometimes we make jokes about our mental health, but serious mental illness is a real problem among young people in this country. Did you know that an estimated 4.5 to 6.3 million youth in the United States face mental health challenges? Read More »

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Addiction For Real

Sara Bellum
April 14, 2011

If you were the producer of a crime show on TV, and your police officer character was a chain smoker, how would you write the scene where he chases a criminal down the street? A chain smoker would probably be winded, because of less lung room. So you’d show him panting and out of breath. Read More »

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Drugs and Violence Go Hand-in-Hand

Sara Bellum
April 12, 2011

Mean Girls…or Violent Girls? A recent national survey (the National Survey on Drug Use and Health) found that more than one-quarter (26.7%) of girls age 12 to 17 reported engaging in some kind of violent behavior in the last year. Whaaat? Read More »

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Alcohol and Drugs Don't Mix

Sara Bellum
April 08, 2011

A recent episode of the hit TV show “Glee” focused on the problem of underage drinking. Called “Blame It on the Alcohol,” the episode depicted glee club members narrowly avoiding school suspension for drinking on school grounds—never a smart idea! Read More »

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Let's Talk: How Do You Kick Back?

Sara Bellum
April 05, 2011

It’s a known fact that the teenage years are a big transition time of physical and mental development for both males and females. Read More »

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