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Prescription Drug Abuse

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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Teens explaining prescription drug abuse.

Youth-Led Efforts To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Ty Sells, Youth to Youth International
January 24, 2013

Hello, again. In my last post, I wrote about the importance of teens realizing their potential as effective leaders. Today, I want to share with you how some teens are leading a movement to prevent prescription drug abuse. Read More »

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Winning Videos--Stop Rx Abuse, North Carolina

Sara Bellum
September 20, 2012

Narcotics and prescription drugs account for about 75% of all deaths caused by unintentional poisonings in North Carolina. Read More »

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SADD Florida advisor Sherry Viersen (far left) and teen ambassadors Naya Zapata, Destiny Ramos, and Julissa Pardomo are joined by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. (center).

SADD Florida Teens "Share a Dose of Reality" at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

Julissa Pardomo, Destiny Ramos, and Naya Zapata, SADD Florida
May 15, 2012

Did you know that of the top 22 substances teens abused across the country in 2011, 8 were prescription drugs often found in the family medicine cabinet? Read More »

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Choose Your Path BFF or the Ex

Prescription Opioid Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Abuse

Sara Bellum
May 03, 2012

You may have heard marijuana referred to as a “gateway drug,” meaning that it can open doors to other kinds of drug abuse. But did you know that prescription painkillers can be gateway drugs to heroin? Read More »

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