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Prescription Drug Abuse Blog Posts

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June 07, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

Did you know the prescription drug abuse problem in America has reached what the White House calls “epidemic proportions?” To help teens understand what prescription drug abuse can do to the brain and body, NIDA has created a PEERx Web site 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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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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