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MADD Power of You(th) materials

The Power of You(th)

Jan Withers, MADD National President
May 14, 2013

Did you know that alcohol is the most commonly used drug by youth—more than all illegal drugs combined? AND that teen alcohol use kills more than 5,000 people each year? Read More »

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Understanding Learning and Memory

Roger Sorensen, Ph.D., M.P.A., NIDA Program Official
March 28, 2013

What’s your new geometry teacher’s name? How do you get to your friend’s house? Where did you put your smartphone? Have you noticed that practice makes you play the piano better? Read More »

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Marijuana in a greenhouse

Can It Be Bad If It’s Natural?

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
March 26, 2013

“Marijuana is natural, so how can it be harmful?” Lots of teens ask us this question, and it’s a good one—a great question, in fact. Read More »

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Emily Low

National Drug Facts Week “Drug Awareness Pep Rally”—Success in Galveston County, Texas!

Emily Low, O’Connell College Preparatory High School Senior
March 14, 2013

Drug awareness has been an important subject to me since I was a young girl. My parents taught me from a young age to stand up for what I believe in, no matter what. I have always felt that young adults are under a lot of pressure from friends and family to make good grades and smart decisions. Read More »

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Brain made out of computer parts

Your Brain: Better Than Any Computer

Dr. David Thomas, Program Officer in NIDA’s Behavioral and Cognitive Science Research Branch
March 12, 2013

Is your brain an organic computer? Your brain does a lot of things a computer does, like math, logic, analyzing input, creating output, and storing and retrieving information. Even at the cellular level, there are some striking similarities between brains and computers. Read More »

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