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Four icons: a person falling, two guns, cars crashing, and a skull and cross bones.

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 »

A graded test with an "A" on it

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 »


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 »

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 »

Teens explaining prescription drug abuse.

Youth-Led Efforts To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

January 24, 2013  /  Ty Sells, Youth to Youth International

Hello, again. In my last post, I wrote about the importance of teens realizing their potential as effective leaders. Today, I want to share with you how some teens are leading a movement to prevent prescription drug abuse. Read More »

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