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Have You Seen Molly? Even if You Think So, You May Have Been Fooled

The NIDA Blog Team
May 13, 2015

When you buy drugs called Molly or MDMA, there is no way to know what you are actually getting. Drug dealers are salesmen, and it’s all branding. Read More »

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Drug Use Leads to HIV Epidemic for One Community

The NIDA Blog Team
April 08, 2015

A county in rural Indiana is in the national spotlight because of a dramatic increase in HIV infections. Health experts say that 100% of the recently diagnosed people were infected by sharing needles to inject themselves with the prescription pain medication Opana. Read More »

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Drug Use and Violence: An Unhappy Relationship

The NIDA Blog Team
March 26, 2015

Research shows that girls are more likely than boys to experience dating violence, and that prescription drug use can contribute to the violence. More research is needed to learn how different drugs may make us more or less aggressive or more likely to be the victim of someone else who is using drugs or alcohol.  Read More »

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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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The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

Sara Bellum
April 02, 2014

More and more young people are using heroin these days, and sometimes they start using it because they’ve gotten addicted to prescription painkillers. Read More »