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Real Teens Ask: How Many Teens Use Drugs?

June 19, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

This post, which originally appeared on SBB in October 2009, answers one of the most common questions NIDA hears from teens. The stats here come from the 2012 Monitoring the Future study. Read More »

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Chart of Past-Year Teen Drug Abuse

During National Drug Facts Week: The Truth About Prescription Drugs

February 01, 2013  /  Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director

Did you know that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are the most commonly abused substances by high school seniors (after marijuana and alcohol)? Read More »

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Perception of Risk: Fewer Teens Believe Marijuana Is Harmful

January 31, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

Knowing the health risks that come with using or abusing drugs convinces most teens (and adults) to stay away from them. But what if you don’t think certain drugs are unsafe? Read More »

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Spice: "If You Use It, You're Experimenting on Yourself"

April 19, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Ask NIDA scientist Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D., what she wants to tell young people about the synthetic (manmade) marijuana called Spice, and she responds with passion. In a recent interview with SBB, Dr. Read More »

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Twenty Years of Inhalant Abuse Awareness

March 22, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

March 18–24, 2012, marks the 20th observance of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week. Read More »

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