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Let's Talk: Give Us Feedback on the NIDA for Teens Web Site

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Sara Bellum

NIDA is getting ready to re-do the NIDA for Teens Web site, which gives teens science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so they have more info to make healthy decisions. Now we need your help to make the site the best it can be by giving us your feedback. So...

  • What do you think of the current site?
  • What is your favorite part of the site?
  • What section on the site are you least likely to visit?
  • What would you like to see on the site that isn't there now?

Submit your ideas as comments on this post! Tell us what you—teens, teachers, parents—want to see on the NIDA for Teens Web site in the future. Thank you in advance for your opinions.

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Excellent website and a fantastic opportunity to influence and to offer guidance and support for all teens, although as a person who previously worked with young people who entered the criminal justice system - youth justice and youth offending teams - UK, the young teens needs are vast and varied and their current needs must be addressed, not just by a website devoted to their negative habits, but also by a society which is responsible for offering the teens an equal opportunity of achieving their life goals through education and giving them hope - through education, leisure facilities and above all the potential of a well paid employment in the future. These goals set by socirty achievable but only if society is prepared to invest hard cash in the teens future, which will offer an increase in positive and potential achievement levels for todays teens.

Sara you should be proud of your efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of using drugs. Your website is full of great current information. The fundamental problems are many, but parenting is where it begins. Providing a solid platform to teach children how to make good decisions, stand up for their beliefs and minimize the impact of peer pressure is integral. We all are on a path, and one wrong turn often leads us into drug use and abuse. While mistakes are made, some bad choices could be avoided by ensuring our children have a judgement-free venue to express their feelings and learn from role models. Leaving it up our kids to form their own impressions of how to live by relying on celebrities, athletes, MTV and Youtube is obviously not the way to go. Be intentional with your children!
Talk about the research being done on "peyote". This drug is a serious problem where I live. (NM)
If pharmaceutical and the FDA can't even provide accurate and honest data concerning psychiatric drugs to the public- look at Paxils Study 329, concerning the dangers of these drugs then where do we turn? Now they are testing LSD, psilocybin and ketamine to treat mental illness when they told us back in the 70's these drugs destroy brain cells. Going to a psychiatrist can and will be one of the most dangerous things a person can do. We are not told of the 'true' side effects, adverse reactions or of the mentally torturous withdrawal symptoms, we have to find this out on our own, if we live through them that is. After being psychiatrically drugged for decades I'm very, very lucky to be alive today. Is wanting the truth concerning medications prescribed too much to ask? Apparently, here in America it is.