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Guest Blog from Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director

January 03, 2011  /  Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director

Hello! I am just back from speaking at a news conference about NIDA’s 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF)—a big crowd of reporters showed up to hear the latest numbers with regard to teens and drug use. Read More »

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Prescription Drug Abuse: What's the Big Deal?

December 10, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

Lots of people are prescribed prescription drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin to help with pain from an injury or surgery. When taken as prescribed, these medications are safe; but when abused, they can be highly addictive and dangerous—even deadly. Read More »

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Girls and Boys Have Different Reasons for Prescription Drug Use

October 12, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

Recent research shows that American teen girls have caught up with boys in their rates of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, which hasn’t always been the case. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Psychoactive Drugs

October 07, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever heard the term ”psychoactive drugs?” Drugs in this category act on the central nervous system and and alter its normal, everyday activity, causing changes in mood, awareness, and behavior. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What are stimulants?

August 31, 2010  /  Sara Bellum

In a recent Drug Facts Chat Day, freeman-jones of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, Maryland asked: Can taking Ritalin help you if you have not been prescribed Ritalin? Read More »

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