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Can Smoking Marijuana Actually Lower Your IQ?

By Carol Krause, Chief of NIDA’s Public Information and Liaison Branch
October 09, 2012

Many teenagers assume smoking weed is harmless because of all the myths floating around saying it’s safe. What few people know is that the age you start using marijuana actually makes a difference. Read More »

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FACT: Driving After Using Marijuana Is Dangerous

Sara Bellum
July 11, 2012

According to a recent driving study, as many as 1 in 5 teen drivers say they drove under the influence of marijuana. Read More »

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Being a Team Player Can Influence Drug and Alcohol Use

Sara Bellum
June 20, 2012

Middle and high school teens have many choices when it comes to extracurricular activities. Some will choose a team sport like basketball, volleyball, football, or softball, while others may choose more individual-type sports like track, golf, tennis, or swimming. Read More »

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Spice: "If You Use It, You're Experimenting on Yourself"

Sara Bellum
April 19, 2012

Ask NIDA scientist Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D., what she wants to tell young people about the synthetic (manmade) marijuana called Spice, and she responds with passion. In a recent interview with SBB, Dr. Read More »

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Learning About Drugs From the Inside

Sharlett, NIDA Intern
April 05, 2012

My name is Sharlett, and I’m from Washington State. Recently, I completed an internship for NIDA in Washington, DC. Read More »

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