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Be a Leader in Your School or Community Center

Sara Bellum
December 06, 2011

As good as they are, it’s gotta get old, all these messages about “don’t do drugs” and live a healthy lifestyle, so NIDA has decided to take a fresh approach to allow teens to work directly with their peers and friends to plan community events around prescription drug abuse. Read More »

Prescription drugs on television

Prescription Drugs on TV

Sara Bellum
October 18, 2011

You’ve probably seen television commercials advertising prescription drugs for any number of things—from fibromyalgia (fi-bro-my-al-ja) to depression. Read More »


Which Path Would You Choose?

Sara Bellum
August 03, 2011

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to see your life in the future? Have you ever wondered what MIGHT have happened if you’d just done something differently? Now’s your chance! Read More »

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Download the Message

Sara Bellum
June 07, 2011

Did you know the prescription drug abuse problem in America has reached what the White House calls “epidemic proportions?” To help teens understand what prescription drug abuse can do to the brain and body, NIDA has created a PEERx Web site containin Read More »


Prescription Drug Abuse: What's the Big Deal?

Sara Bellum
December 10, 2010

Lots of people are prescribed prescription drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin to help with pain from an injury or surgery. When taken as prescribed, these medications are safe; but when abused, they can be highly addictive and dangerous—even deadly. Read More »