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Emily Low

National Drug Facts Week “Drug Awareness Pep Rally”—Success in Galveston County, Texas!

March 14, 2013  /  Emily Low, O’Connell College Preparatory High School Senior

Drug awareness has been an important subject to me since I was a young girl. My parents taught me from a young age to stand up for what I believe in, no matter what. I have always felt that young adults are under a lot of pressure from friends and family to make good grades and smart decisions. Read More »

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Brain made out of computer parts

Your Brain: Better Than Any Computer

March 12, 2013  /  Dr. David Thomas, Program Officer in NIDA’s Behavioral and Cognitive Science Research Branch

Is your brain an organic computer? Your brain does a lot of things a computer does, like math, logic, analyzing input, creating output, and storing and retrieving information. Even at the cellular level, there are some striking similarities between brains and computers. Read More »

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poppy seed bagel

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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Chart of Past-Year Teen Drug Abuse

During National Drug Facts Week: The Truth About Prescription Drugs

February 01, 2013  /  Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director

Did you know that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are the most commonly abused substances by high school seniors (after marijuana and alcohol)? 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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