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Drug Use Leads to HIV Epidemic for One Community

April 08, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

A county in rural Indiana is in the national spotlight because of a dramatic increase in HIV infections. Health experts say that 100% of the recently diagnosed people were infected by sharing needles to inject themselves with the prescription pain medication Opana. Read More »

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Crossing the Line: Athletes Risk Their Health When Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

December 11, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Abusing drugs to overcome pain or inflate athletic abilities gives athletes an unfair advantage. Read More »

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Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling—UPDATE

September 18, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

In just one year there has been an increase of over 3,000 deaths from drug overdose—nearly 8%—between 2010 and 2011. More than half of those deaths (55%) are related to prescription drug abuse. Read More »

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Can a Pill Improve Your Grades?

February 06, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Some people think taking prescription stimulants can mean more As on their report cards. Read More »

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Painkiller Abuse in the NFL: A Hefty Price for Entertainment

September 10, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

America loves its football—watching an NFL game on a crisp fall Sunday with our friends and families is a big part of our culture. But that fun comes at a cost to the pros who get tackled over and over in pursuit of a touchdown. Read More »

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