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Hazing and Alcohol: Time to Break With “Tradition”

The NIDA Blog Team
April 10, 2015

We all want to belong. But all too often, joining a club means going through an embarrassing and potentially dangerous initiation ritual—known as hazing.   Read More »

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Drug Use Leads to HIV Epidemic for One Community

The NIDA Blog Team
April 08, 2015

A county in rural Indiana is in the national spotlight because of a dramatic increase in HIV infections. Health experts say that 100% of the recently diagnosed people were infected by sharing needles to inject themselves with the prescription pain medication Opana. Read More »

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Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

The NIDA Blog Team
April 02, 2015

A lot of people seem to think marijuana is different from other drugs. Unfortunately, it’s not the case: Just like with other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), you can get addicted to marijuana—especially if you use it during your teen years. Read More »

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Drug Use and Violence: An Unhappy Relationship

The NIDA Blog Team
March 26, 2015

Research shows that girls are more likely than boys to experience dating violence, and that prescription drug use can contribute to the violence. More research is needed to learn how different drugs may make us more or less aggressive or more likely to be the victim of someone else who is using drugs or alcohol.  Read More »

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Traumatic Brain Injury, Drug Addiction, and the Developing Teen Brain

The NIDA Blog Team
March 19, 2015

TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries, pose higher risks for the developing brain because it is not as formed as it will be in a few years. This is also one of the reasons that using drugs as a teen increases the chances for addiction. Read More »