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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? Morphine and codeine are often used as medications for treating pain, and all three—known as opiates—can be abused.  Read More »

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Bath Salts: An Emerging Danger

February 05, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

Bath salts—the drug, not the perfumed crystals you put in bath water—showed up just a few years ago. Read More »

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Perception of Risk: Fewer Teens Believe Marijuana Is Harmful

January 31, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

Knowing the health risks that come with using or abusing drugs convinces most teens (and adults) to stay away from them. But what if you don’t think certain drugs are unsafe? Read More »

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National Drug IQ Challenge

Take the National Drug IQ Challenge

January 30, 2013  /  Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director

National Drug Facts Week is in full swing! Have you looked up any facts? As a scientist, I love studying data and reading about real facts that have been tested by credible science. Some facts might surprise you. For example, did you know that: Read More »

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warning label on medication advising against drinking alcohol

Medications and Alcohol Don't Mix

November 27, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

If you’re taking any medications—either those prescribed by a doctor or over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine—it’s not a good idea to drink alcohol. Often, the medication label will warn you not to—because of the possible dangerous side effects. Read the label! Read More »

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