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Prescription Drug Abuse Blog Posts

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

September 18, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

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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Man holding a needle to give a teen girl an injection.

The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

April 02, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Note: We published an updated version of this post in 2015. Read the updated version here. Read More »

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Can a Pill Improve Your Grades?

February 06, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Some people think taking prescription stimulants can mean more As on their report cards. Read More »

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Justin Bieber: A Warning to All Teens

January 24, 2014  /  Carol Krause, NIDA Communications Director

Hello SBB readers. A few years ago, I did a blog post on the death of Michael Jackson—the pop star who seemed to have it all … but who succumbed to a death related to drug abuse. Read More »

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Nationwide Survey Shows Fewer Teens Think Marijuana Is Harmful

December 18, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

Today, NIDA released the latest results from the 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which asks more than 40,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. The study revealed both good news and areas for concern. Read More »

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