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Colorado Uses Humor To Highlight Drugged Driving Laws


The NIDA Blog Team
September 26, 2014

In states like Colorado where marijuana is legal for adults, some people may think that allows them to be high all the time. But they would be wrong—especially when driving. Read More »

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Good Samaritan Laws Save Lives

The NIDA Blog Team
September 25, 2014

On October 1, the state of Maryland will put into effect what’s called a “Good Samaritan Law,” which will protect a person from getting in trouble if they summon aid for someone else who is overdosing on drugs or alcohol.   Read More »

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Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You

The NIDA Blog Team
September 22, 2014

Some people think it’s ironic that marijuana, a plant containing compounds that could treat disease, is banned by the government for being unsafe.  Read More »

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Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling—UPDATE

The NIDA Blog Team
September 18, 2014

In just one year there has been an increase of over 3,000 deaths from drug overdose—nearly 8%—between 2010 and 2011. More than half of those deaths (55%) are related to prescription drug abuse. Read More »

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Making Medicine From Marijuana

The NIDA Blog Team
September 15, 2014

Scientists are busy trying to figure out which chemicals in marijuana really are useful in treating health problems and then finding ways to deliver them safely and effectively to patients to treat their conditions.  Read More »

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Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving—A New Twist on a Deadly Decision

The NIDA Blog Team
September 10, 2014

Drugged driving is a major problem. A recent study found that more high school seniors and college students that drove impaired or with an impaired driver were under the influence of marijuana, not alcohol. Read More »

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