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Prescription Drug Abuse

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Word of the Day: Psychoactive Drugs

Sara Bellum
October 07, 2010

Have you ever heard the term ”psychoactive drugs?” Drugs in this category act on the central nervous system and and alter its normal, everyday activity, causing changes in mood, awareness, and behavior. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What are stimulants?

Sara Bellum
August 31, 2010

In a recent Drug Facts Chat Day, freeman-jones of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, Maryland asked: Can taking Ritalin help you if you have not been prescribed Ritalin? Read More »

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Life is Complicated Enough: Why Add Prescription Drugs to the Mix?

Anna
September 02, 2009

As a public health analyst at NIDA, one of my jobs is to look at data and help get information out to the public. When I heard that about 1 in 10 high school seniors had used the pain medicine Vicodin last year without a prescription, I knew there was a problem. Read More »

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Michael Jackson: News We'd Rather Not Have

Sara Bellum
July 14, 2009

After the news hit about the death of Michael Jackson and all the speculation about his possible prescription drug use, the NIDA press office phones rang off the hook. Why? News reporters wanted information on prescription drug misuse and abuse. Read More »

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