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Nationwide Survey Shows Fewer Teens Think Marijuana Is Harmful

Sara Bellum
December 18, 2013

Today, NIDA released the latest results from the 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which asks more than 40,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. The study revealed both good news and areas for concern. 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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During National Drug Facts Week: The Truth About Prescription Drugs

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director
February 01, 2013

Did you know that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are the most commonly abused substances by high school seniors (after marijuana and alcohol)? Read More »

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Perception of Risk: Fewer Teens Believe Marijuana Is Harmful

Sara Bellum
January 31, 2013

Knowing the health risks that come with using or abusing drugs convinces most teens (and adults) to stay away from them. But what if you don’t think certain drugs are unsafe? Read More »

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Spice: "If You Use It, You're Experimenting on Yourself"

Sara Bellum
April 19, 2012

Ask NIDA scientist Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D., what she wants to tell young people about the synthetic (manmade) marijuana called Spice, and she responds with passion. In a recent interview with SBB, Dr. Read More »

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