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A positive HIV test

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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A teen boy and girl arguing.

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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A field of poppy plants.

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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Man holding a needle to give a teen girl an injection.

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 »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Mission Impossible III opening.

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sara Bellum
February 03, 2014

We are saddened by the death of award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose. Read More »

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