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Take the National Drug IQ Challenge

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director
Dr. Nora Volkow

National Drug Facts Week is in full swing! Have you looked up any facts? As a scientist, I love studying data and reading about real facts that have been tested by credible science. Some facts might surprise you.

For example, did you know that:

  • if you begin smoking marijuana as a teen, it could lower your IQ?
  • more people die from painkiller overdoses in the country every year than from heroin and cocaine combined?
  • fewer kids are smoking cigarettes these days?

What kinds of drug facts interest you? I recommend you try three things.

  1. Check out our NIDA for Teens Web site at www.teens.drugabuse.gov.
  2. If your school has not signed up for National Drug Facts Day, watch our chat with NIDA scientists tomorrow, January 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
  3. Take the interactive 2013 National Drug IQ Challenge to see what you know about drugs!

Stay smart by taking some time to research the facts about drugs.

Comments

Alcohol and other drugs abuse is real problem facing developed and developing countries unnoticed and it is also time bomb waiting to explode anytime. Require an urgent intervention.

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