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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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Real Teens Ask: Is Addiction Hereditary?

Sara Bellum
July 02, 2014

Does someone in your family abuse drugs? Learn more about how DNA can influence a person’s chances of becoming addicted to drugs in this updated post from 2011. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: How Many Teens Use Drugs?

Sara Bellum
June 19, 2013

This post, which originally appeared on SBB in October 2009, answers one of the most common questions NIDA hears from teens. The stats here come from the 2012 Monitoring the Future study. Read More »

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Have Questions About Drug Abuse and Addiction? NIDA Has Answers

Sara Bellum
January 22, 2013

As part of National Drug Facts Week, NIDA scientists host Drug Facts Chat Day, an all-day online chat. Read More »

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Why Does Peer Pressure Influence Teens To Try Drugs?

Sara Bellum
May 08, 2012

During NIDA’s most recent Drug Facts Chat Day,“Kid” from Totino-Grace High School in Minnesota, asked: “Why is peer pressure such a huge factor in teens’ temptations [to experiment with] drugs and alc Read More »

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