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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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Perception of Risk: Fewer Teens Believe Marijuana Is Harmful

Sara Bellum
January 31, 2013

Knowing the health risks that come with using or abusing drugs convinces most teens (and adults) to stay away from them. But what if you don’t think certain drugs are unsafe? Read More »

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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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