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Drug Testing for…Poppy Seeds?

Jack Maypole, M.D., Director of Pediatrics, South End Community Health Center
February 07, 2013

Did you know that morphine, codeine, and heroin are produced from the seeds of certain kinds of poppy flowers? Morphine and codeine are often used as medications for treating pain, and all three—known as opiates—can be abused.  Read More »

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Chart of Past-Year Teen Drug Abuse

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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National Drug IQ Challenge

Take the National Drug IQ Challenge

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director
January 30, 2013

National Drug Facts Week is in full swing! Have you looked up any facts? As a scientist, I love studying data and reading about real facts that have been tested by credible science. Some facts might surprise you. For example, did you know that: Read More »

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Teens participating in Mentor's National Drug Facts Week event

YOU Are the Voice of Your Generation…

Michaela Pratt, Marketing & Project Manager for Mentor Foundation USA
January 29, 2013

…Which is a pretty powerful thing, when you think about it. At Mentor Foundation USA, we encourage teens to use their voices. Read More »

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Group of teens at a National Drug Facts Week event

National Drug Facts Week Starts Today!

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director
January 28, 2013

This week begins NIDA’s annual National Drug Facts Week. Around the country, more than 500 schools and community groups will hold events to talk with teens about drugs—focusing on the facts. Read More »

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