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Talking About Drugs: Do's and Don'ts

As a parent or caregiver, you know that talking to your teens about drugs can be tricky. Check out these tips to learn how you can get the conversation started.

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New Podcast Interview

Has the nationwide pandemic affected substance misuse? Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, talks about this and more on the latest Prevention Profiles: Take Five podcast.

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Drugs and the Teenage Brain

Long-term drug use causes brain changes that can set people up for addiction and other problems. 

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News & Headlines

  • (November 6) Drop off locations across the country collected almost 1 million pounds of unused or expired medication during the October 24 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event. 
  • (The NIDA Blog Team) Did you know that about one out of every eight children in the United States age 17 or younger (about 8.7 million young people) live in households with at least one parent or caregiver who is coping with a substance use problem? 
  • (September 24) The number of young adults (ages 19-22) who regularly vape marijuana shot up between 2018 and 2019, according to the most recent Monitoring the Future study. 
  • (HealthDay News, August 18) A new study out of the University of Washington suggests that the legalization of recreational marijuana may have disrupted the steady decline of the drug’s use among teens in the state.