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Catching Some ZZZZs: Safe Ways To Get to Sleep

May 17, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Have you ever had a night when you just couldn’t fall asleep? It’s a terrible feeling. Tossing and turning, watching the minutes click closer to dawn, dreading how tired you’re going to be the next day—the more you try to sleep, the harder it gets. Read More »

SADD Florida advisor Sherry Viersen (far left) and teen ambassadors Naya Zapata, Destiny Ramos, and Julissa Pardomo are joined by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. (center).

SADD Florida Teens "Share a Dose of Reality" at the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit

May 15, 2012  /  Julissa Pardomo, Destiny Ramos, and Naya Zapata, SADD Florida

Did you know that of the top 22 substances teens abused across the country in 2011, 8 were prescription drugs often found in the family medicine cabinet? Read More »

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Today Is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 09, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Today, communities and organizations across the country will help people understand how important it is to take care of children’s mental health. This year’s focus is on helping children recover from traumatic experiences. Read More »

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Why Does Peer Pressure Influence Teens To Try Drugs?

May 08, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

During NIDA’s most recent Drug Facts Chat Day,“Kid” from Totino-Grace High School in Minnesota, asked: “Why is peer pressure such a huge factor in teens’ temptations [to experiment with] drugs and alc Read More »

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Prescription Opioid Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Abuse

May 03, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

You may have heard marijuana referred to as a “gateway drug,” meaning that it can open doors to other kinds of drug abuse. But did you know that prescription painkillers can be gateway drugs to heroin? Read More »