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Drug Use is Transmitted from Old to Young

(PittWire, May 13) Does age play a role when it comes to the risk of fatal drug overdose? 

Brief intervention reduces drug use among occasional users

(Healio, May 14) Among occasional drug users, brief intervention lowered drug use after six months, according to new research.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

(NIDA Blog Team, April 27) People whose lungs have been affected by drug use may be at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Is an Opportunity, Challenge for Addiction Treatment

(Medicinenet, April 30) The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in opportunities to use telemedicine and mental health hotlines for those struggling with substance misuse, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow said.

Marijuana Dependence And Mental Health Risks

(HealthDay News, April 28) People how have a history of marijuana dependence could be more at risk to have mental heath issues, according to a Canadian study.

Using Pot to Help You Sleep? It Could Backfire

(HealthDay News, April 14) Could using marijuana to sleep as a teen actually cause sleep problems later in life? That’s what one study recent suggests.

Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real

(NIDA Blog Team) If someone is dependent or addicted, they may experience withdrawal if they stop using the drug all at once. Withdrawal can be very uncomfortable; it’s part of what makes it hard for someone to stop using a drug.

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Does Your Family Know the Risks of Misusing Opioids?

(NIDA Blog Team, April 13) Opioids can be helpful in treating severe pain when they're taken as directed by a doctor. Like all drugs, though, they can also bring risks.

DEA releases 2020 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide

This digital guide is a tool for educators, law enforcement, substance misuse practitioners, and the public.

Smoking marijuana could make the lungs more susceptible to COVID-19, experts say

(MSN, April 7) Regular marijuana smokers could have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, according to lung health experts.