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Word of the Day: Depressants

Sara Bellum
February 01, 2011

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “depressants?” Maybe “depressed” or “sad?” But the drugs called depressants aren’t called that because they’re depressing in the emotional sense. Read More »


Prescription Drug Abuse: What's the Big Deal?

Sara Bellum
December 10, 2010

Lots of people are prescribed prescription drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin to help with pain from an injury or surgery. When taken as prescribed, these medications are safe; but when abused, they can be highly addictive and dangerous—even deadly. Read More »

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NDFW Wrap Up

Sara Bellum
November 19, 2010

First off, big thanks to teens and adults everywhere who took the time during NIDA’s first-ever National Drug Facts Week to learn new facts about drug abuse. After a week full of activities around the country, what can teens take away? Read More »

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The American Medicine Chest Challenge is Here!

Sara Bellum
November 12, 2010

In September, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored the first ever “Take Back” campaign, asking people to bring all their old and unused prescription drugs to law enforcement sites all over the country. Read More »

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First Get Drug Smart, Then Think Twice

Sara Bellum
November 02, 2010

The Shoutout is gathering volume and the message is coming through loud and clear: JUST THINK TWICE! Read More »