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Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for the facts about drugs. At NIDA, we learn from science—not from rumors or gossip. Ask the questions, look for the facts, and think hard about what you find out and what it means for you.

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Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?


Sara Bellum
July 16, 2014

Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. Read More »

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Risky Behavior Leads to Emergency Rooms

Sara Bellum
April 21, 2011

When you ask friends what they’re going to do for homecoming or the prom or graduation, spending the night in the local emergency room probably isn’t on their list. Unfortunately, for many young people, alcohol may change their plans. Read More »

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - What You Can Do

Sara Bellum
April 19, 2011

Sometimes we make jokes about our mental health, but serious mental illness is a real problem among young people in this country. Did you know that an estimated 4.5 to 6.3 million youth in the United States face mental health challenges? Read More »

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Addiction For Real

Sara Bellum
April 14, 2011

If you were the producer of a crime show on TV, and your police officer character was a chain smoker, how would you write the scene where he chases a criminal down the street? A chain smoker would probably be winded, because of less lung room. So you’d show him panting and out of breath. Read More »

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Drugs and Violence Go Hand-in-Hand

Sara Bellum
April 12, 2011

Mean Girls…or Violent Girls? A recent national survey (the National Survey on Drug Use and Health) found that more than one-quarter (26.7%) of girls age 12 to 17 reported engaging in some kind of violent behavior in the last year. Whaaat? Read More »

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Alcohol and Drugs Don't Mix

Sara Bellum
April 08, 2011

A recent episode of the hit TV show “Glee” focused on the problem of underage drinking. Called “Blame It on the Alcohol,” the episode depicted glee club members narrowly avoiding school suspension for drinking on school grounds—never a smart idea! Read More »

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