Take the National Drug IQ Challenge

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National Drug IQ Challenge

National Drug Facts Week is in full swing! Have you looked up any facts? As a scientist, I love studying data and reading about real facts that have been tested by credible science. Some facts might surprise you.

For example, did you know that:

  • if you begin smoking marijuana as a teen, it could lower your IQ?
  • more people die from painkiller overdoses in the country every year than from heroin and cocaine combined?
  • fewer kids are smoking cigarettes these days?

What kinds of drug facts interest you? I recommend you try three things.

  1. Check out our NIDA for Teens Web site at www.teens.drugabuse.gov.
  2. If your school has not signed up for National Drug Facts Day, watch our chat with NIDA scientists tomorrow, January 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
  3. Take the interactive 2013 National Drug IQ Challenge to see what you know about drugs!

Stay smart by taking some time to research the facts about drugs.

Find Help Near You

Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation, this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this difficult time: call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a family member.

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