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Dr. Nora Volkow Shakes Up Harlem

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Sara Bellum

What do you want first, the good news or the bad news? Whenever a conversation starts this way, you know things are going to get interesting.

Check out this video clip where Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA's Director, talks face-to-face with 100 teens at Harlem High School in New York about drug abuse. See what she says when someone asks her about Internet addiction. She is really open and honest, explaining both the good and the bad about taking risks. View the video and feel free to share it with your friends.

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I think tht was ok

there arekids in my school who smoke pot and they seem okay. what's the big deal

Hi mike, there's no way to predict who will encounter the negative effects of marijuana and who will not. Actually, that's true for many drugs since there are so many differences between us all as individuals....we'll all react differently depending on how the drug is made, what our genetic make-up is, and other factors. The point is why take the risk by using something that could be harmful in so many ways?

Wow! This is a great video for teens and educators. I love how Dr. Nora stood in the center of the room to field questions. This is a another winning video from NIDA.

smoking pot will NOT make someone ok.
just because they SEEM ok doesnt mean they are ok.

nora is doing great things with the might of all her knowledge... she is engaging with adolescents as a rock star...mexicans must feel very proud of her achievements... we may still expect many more intrepid ideas from her to help people understand what is really on stake when you have an addiction...

what do you win by smoking and doing drugs?