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Drugs and Violence Go Hand-in-Hand

April 12, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

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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cohol and Drugs Don't Mix

Alcohol and Drugs Don't Mix

April 08, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

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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Product Placement – Sneaking Messages To Your Brain

March 09, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

So you’re watching American Idol and you notice that the judges are all drinking from Coke cups. It’s pretty obvious that Coca Cola paid for that not-so-subtle endorsement. Well, that's called “product placement,” and it’s everywhere---it’s also nothing new. Read More »

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Truth in Advertising? Super Bowl Alcohol Commercials

February 16, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Everyone knows that many of the fans of football’s biggest game are there for the commercials. Companies selling all types of goods—from cars to snack foods to insurance—pay top dollar (more than $2 million for 30 seconds in 2011) to spread the word about their products. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Will Drugs Hurt an Unborn Baby?

August 24, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a whole day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last Drug Facts Chat Day, “hbishop” asked: Read More »

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