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Sara Bellum

Every now and then, we like to feature NIDA videos about drug abuse and addiction here on this blog—like Get Back in the Game—Use Painkillers Safely; Dr. Nora Volkow’s Visit to Harlem High School; Nicotine and Tobacco Addiction; Marijuana Addiction Facts for Teens; and Dr. Ruben Baler’s video on the dangers and effects of steroid abuse. (Want to see these videos and more? Click on the image below). So now we want to know:

What do you think of these videos? Do the video topics pull you in? Would you want to see more of NIDA’s videos featured on the SBB?

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Say No to Druggs

Greetings from Germany.. aget24

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You are doing a GREAT service to us all in helping to educate about the use of drugs. KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT!!

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There's no such thing as "marijuana addiction". Unless you're also warning people about things like "caffeine addiction" and "sex addiction" and "addiction to having friends".

It's sad that my tax money is spent to spread false propaganda to young people. It only teaches them to disbelieve authority figures, once they find out they've been lied to.

@Beyond Chronic: One of the main characteristics of addiction is compulsive behavior—doing something that feels out of your control even when you want to stop and even in the face of severe harmful consequences. To use your example, although many people are dependent on caffeine and would go through withdrawal symptoms if they stopped, taking caffeine daily does not produce severe harmful consequences in people’s lives, and so it does not qualify under this definition of addiction. And even though sex and interacting with friends do not involve adding a foreign substance to your body, the brain actually experiences a similar “high” – dopamine levels are increased and you feel good. The difference with substances like marijuana is that they create a bigger and faster spike in dopamine and a “coming down” feeling when it wears off that makes people want more of the drug. Research shows that approximately one out of six people who start smoking marijuana in their teens become dependent on it, and if they smoke every day, the risk can be as high as one in every two becoming dependent. Unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like irritability, sleeping problems, and anxiety can make it hard for long-term marijuana smokers to quit.

It is a well-known fact that nicotine in smoking cigarettes is dangerous for human health, but smoking is a personal choice that everyone takes for themselves. If you are a heavy smoker, then you most properly have problems with yellowish stains on the walls and ceilings of your home, caused by the nicotine which you exhale while smoking. What’s more, nicotine can stain your teeth and fingertips as well, making them looking yellowed and dingy.
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These are amazing videos! I have shown all of them to my little brother. Thank you for caring and you probably have changed some peoples lives for the better. Thanks again.