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First Get Drug Smart, Then Think Twice

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Sara Bellum

The Shoutout is gathering volume and the message is coming through loud and clear: JUST THINK TWICE!

  • Myth: If I smoke cigarettes now and then, I won’t get addicted.
    • Think twice: Each puff of a cigarette gives a smoker about 1 to 2 milligrams of nicotine. Although that may not seem like much, it is enough to make someone addicted. Learn more.
  • Myth: Huffing – like sniffing Sharpies or household cleaners – really doesn’t do anything bad; just gives me a quick high.
    • Think twice: In the short term, these chemicals can cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, bad mood swings, and headaches. In the long term, toxic fumes can take the place of oxygen in the blood, which can damage your brain and other organs. Learn more.
  • Myth: Prescription drugs can’t be dangerous if a doctor prescribes them.
    • Think twice ADHD medications like Adderall can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, psychosis, and seizures if they’re abused; pain medications like Vicodin can cause respiratory depression and arrest, and even death, particularly when combined with alcohol. Learn more.
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Throughout the day on November 8, watch our Sara Bellum Blog, where we will showcase as many shoutouts as we find. Follow us on Twitter (#drugfacts2010) and check out NIDA’s National Drug Facts Week Facebook page. On November 9, check out Chat Day as we shout it out for teens everywhere – First, get the facts on drugs. Then choose health.



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That was interesting about the cigarettes being addictive. I didn't know you could get addicted so quickly!
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yea, dont get addicted to drugs.

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ya i didnt know a little thing like having one cigarette could make you addicted.

Hello, this is nice information especially to young children who often mingle with the surrounding environments, the presence of hazardous substances contained in cigarettes or drugs, we can anticipate before trying it [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

wow. I didn't know that about just one cigarette! No one wonder so many people get addicted so easliy. Why don't they put stuff like this where teens can see it BEFORE they start doing this stuff instead of after?

Having so many things people can get addicted to these days, Im scared. Im not shocked that anything people may find pleasing could make them addicted. Food, drugs, SHARPIES??! Its outragous! Everyone is in danger!

This article is so helpful because most people don't even realize that you can get addicted to smoking, huffing, etc so fast. Huffing is one of the worst listed, because when you huff (sniff) things, then the particles in the stuff you sniff, you can actually kill your brain cells and mess up your nervous system. And smoking is much more worse, the nicotine is what makes ciggarettes so addictive, 1-2 milligrams is actually a lot, you smoke 1 ciggerette and you'll most likely want another one. But all in all, you should think twice before you start doing all this, because you're basically hurting yourself without even knowing it.

This passage explains what happens in a situation and then describes what you do when you think twice in that situation. I think when you do smoke cigarettes every now and then you do get addicted to it.

This passage explains what happens in a situation and then describes what you do when you think twice in that situation. I think when you do smoke cigarettes every now and then you do get addicted to it, because it gets into your lungs and you can't stop smoking them.

Iagee to the things about sniffing household cleaners. It can kill people and make them feel a little dizzy so think twice before you decide to sniff household cleaners.


Addiction is only a replacement to a deeper problem in most people. Until the real problem is resolved, addicted will always be there in some form.

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Drinking and drug use remain a factor in teenage highway fatalities in 2008, 31 percent of drivers age 15 to 20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking or drug impared; 25 percent were alcohol-impaired, meaning they had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher. Researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation say that laws banning the purchase or possession of alcohol by people under the age of 21 and banning the use of false identification to buy alcohol have reduced the ratio of drinking to nondrinking drivers involved in fatal accidents by 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that numerous studies since the 1970s show that when the drinking age is lowered, more people die in crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 714 lives of young people ages 18, 19 and 20 were saved by the minimum drinking age laws in 2008. Since 1975 about 27,052 lives have been saved by these laws. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

in the long run you will be addicted to cigarette. the long lasting effect of cigarette smoking is you will crave more and more for tobacco.. [link removed, per guidelines]

I am surprised by such type of news . It is true that many peoples in the world are addicted into smoke so easily.Most ignores or unknowned the side effect of smoke in future.Rather they continue there bad habit.This is a good news for them.Many many thanks.

enlightening post! informative pieces like this would surely educate the gen-next how to stay safe and healthy. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

stay 'no' to drugs!

thumbs up!

good job on trying to make tobaco products outlawed keep on going. and te,ll me how can sharpies and household chemicals can make you dizzy plus scream out to the tobacco campanies and to the government tell them what needs to be done about it make it banned make it outlawed that tobbaco companies will have to shut down that we are the people and we all agree why make it for rather than money that we could spend on our country the people and have a good time that everyone can pitch in to stop it

Many people don't understand the long term effects of drugs or even what they are capable of. Tobacco is just as bad, if not worse. More people need to be able to have access to this information. It needs to be advertised and put out there. Put it on bathroom stalls, on posters, water bottle labels, something! [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

discussion like this that we seek.
thanks for the information and knowledge

Thanks for the great content. Drugs are never the answer. Hope you keep up the amazing work in trying to prevent drug use and abuse by teens. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

I certainly think that if I had thought twice about smoking I would have never started. Disgusting, smelly, expensive habit. Just quit though :)

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What an awesome headline: "Think Twice". If more people did that we would have a much better world , wouldn't we? People are so quick to jump on the "it's cool" wagon and it is NOT cool at all. It's deadly. If that's cool, then yeah, I guess it's cool.

Jeff Lynne
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Drugs are going to stay the way they are until people who abuse them are adequately punished. As long as we have an "abusers are victims" initiative then they will keep abusing, keep destroying themselves, and keep being partially responsible for the millions of deaths each year caused by drug trafficking gangs and drug cartels (if you give a murderer a gun you're half responsible when he shoots someone).

God forbid that these "little innocent victims" should spend any time in jail for this.