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Drug Testing for…Poppy Seeds?

February 07, 2013  /  Jack Maypole, M.D., Director of Pediatrics, South End Community Health Center

Did you know that morphine, codeine, and heroin are produced from the seeds of certain kinds of poppy flowers? Read More »

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Prescription Opioid Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Abuse

May 03, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

You may have heard marijuana referred to as a “gateway drug,” meaning that it can open doors to other kinds of drug abuse. But did you know that prescription painkillers can be gateway drugs to heroin? Read More »

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Treating Addiction With Medication

January 31, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Most people are familiar with taking prescription medications like antibiotics when they get sick. Some people also are prescribed medication to help with a problem like depression or ADHD. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask about Effects of Heroin

June 17, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

At NIDA’s last Chat Day, we got this question from a high school student: “Why do people scratch a lot when they are high on heroin?” Read More »

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Word of the Day: Withdrawal

May 19, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Ever wonder how “real” those grueling scenes on reality TV shows are when actors and other celebrities check in for addiction rehab and are shown going through withdrawal? After all, these folks are all in show biz! Read More »

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