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Prescription Opioid Abuse Can Lead to Heroin Abuse

Sara Bellum
May 03, 2012

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 »

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Treating Addiction With Medication

Sara Bellum
January 31, 2012

Most people are familiar with taking prescription medications like antibiotics when they get sick. Some people also are prescribed medication to help with a problem like depression or ADHD. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask about Effects of Heroin

Sara Bellum
June 17, 2011

At NIDA’s last Chat Day, we got this question from a high school student: ”Why do people scratch a lot when they are high on heroin?" Read More »

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Word of the Day: Withdrawal

Sara Bellum
May 19, 2011

Ever wonder how “real” those grueling scenes on reality TV shows are when actors and other celebrities check in for addiction rehab and are shown going through withdrawal? After all, these folks are all in show biz! Read More »

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Word of the Day: Psychoactive Drugs

Sara Bellum
October 07, 2010

Have you ever heard the term ”psychoactive drugs?” Drugs in this category act on the central nervous system and and alter its normal, everyday activity, causing changes in mood, awareness, and behavior. Read More »

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