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Study Links Drinking, Smoking, Drug Use With Premature Heart Disease in Youth

(Pharmacy Times, February 23) A recent study linked drinking, smoking and substance misuse to premature heart disease in young people. 

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Vaping marijuana linked to lung injury in teens, study says

(CNN, March 3) According to a recent study, teens experience “wheezing or whistling” in the chest more often after vaping marijuana than after using e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes. 

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U.S. traffic deaths spike despite pandemic — and these states had the highest increase

(CBS News, March 4) Though fewer Americans were on the road last year due to the nationwide pandemic, there was an 8% increase in deadly car crashes that year compared to 2019, according to a recently released report from the National Safety Council. 

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University of Miami, North Dakota State College of Science Win Campus Video PSA Contest 

The winners of the Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest have been announced!  For the first time in the contest’s history, two schools were awarded the top prize.  

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With Pot Rules Relaxed, More U.S. Teens Driving While High: Study

(HealthDay News, December 30) About 50% of U.S. teens who use marijuana on a regular basis admit to driving while high, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. 

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FYI: Here Are a Few Upcoming Updates to State Drug Laws

As a result of the November elections, major changes to state drug laws could be on the way.

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CDC Reports Record-breaking Surge in Overdose Deaths

(December 18) There were more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths between June 2019 and May 2020, according to the latest provisional numbers from the CDC.

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Study: Teen Vaping is Still High

(December 15, 2020) As you probably know, teen use of e-cigarettes (also known as “vaping”) has increased dramatically in recent years. According to data from this year’s Monitoring the Future study, the numbers are still high, but did not rise significantly from 2019.

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2020 Red Ribbon Photo Contest Winners Announced

Earlier this month, the National Family Partnership announced the winners of the 2020 Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest!

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Living With an Adult Who Has a Substance Use Problem

(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?