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Allyssa Garcia talks about mentors who help her be drug-free

My Life Story

October 22, 2013  /  Allyssa Garcia

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We asked teens to tell us who inspires them to stay away from illicit drugs. Here’s what one teen said.  I know drugs tempt us every day. They're all around us. I am gonna tell you how I stay away from drugs. Read More »

doctor talking to teen

Talking About Hard Stuff With Your Doctor

September 19, 2013  /  Jack Maypole, M.D., Director of Pediatrics, South End Community Health Center

By Jack Maypole, M.D., Director, Comprehensive Care Program, Boston Medical Center. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine Read More »

MADD Power of You(th) materials

The Power of You(th)

May 14, 2013  /  Jan Withers, MADD National President

Did you know that alcohol is the most commonly used drug by youth—more than all illegal drugs combined? AND that teen alcohol use kills more than 5,000 people each year? Read More »

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Boy holding his head while reading a book

Understanding Learning and Memory

March 28, 2013  /  Roger Sorensen, Ph.D., M.P.A., NIDA Program Official

What’s your new geometry teacher’s name? How do you get to your friend’s house? Where did you put your smartphone? Have you noticed that practice makes you play the piano better? Read More »

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Marijuana in a greenhouse

Can It Be Bad If It’s Natural?

March 26, 2013  /  Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer

“Marijuana is natural, so how can it be harmful?” Lots of teens ask us this question, and it’s a good one—a great question, in fact. Read More »