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Teens Continue To Be Awesome: Fewer and Fewer Teens are Drinking, Smoking, and Using Drugs

December 16, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Most substance use among teens is dropping; much of it reached the lowest levels since the Monitoring the Future survey began more than 40 years ago. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?

July 16, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. Read More »

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Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling

Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling

June 11, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but this picture is all about the numbers. With 38,329 people dying from drug overdoses in 2010, it’s hard to really grasp the lives lost, the families and friends in mourning, or the generations that will never be, for those who took too much of a drug or who fatally mixed two drugs together (including alcohol). Read More »

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Graphic name tag with text saying, "HELLO my name is TROUBLE."

Molly, Spice, and Orange Crush: Slang for Dangerous Drugs

May 28, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

You overhear two girls talking about last night’s concert, when one says to the other “I can’t believe she took 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine!” Oh, wait. That would never happen, right? Probably because “Molly,” the nickname given to MDMA, sounds hip and harmless compared to its actual name—which sounds like what it is, a chemical that you shouldn’t put in your body... Read More »

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Man holding a needle to give a teen girl an injection.

The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

April 02, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Note: We published an updated version of this post in 2015. Read the updated version here. Read More »

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