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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? 

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Take Back Day Collects Almost 1 Million Pounds of Meds

(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. 

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DEA and USPS Unveil New 'Drug Free USA' Stamp

(October 27) In an effort to raise awareness about drug use prevention, the U.S. Postal Service teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to announce the release of the Drug Free USA Forever stamp.

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Study: Marijuana Vaping Rises Among Young Adults

(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. 

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Vaping, marijuana use in 2019 rose in college-age adults

(National Institute of Drug Abuse, September 15) Vaping marijuana and vaping nicotine rose sharply in the past three years among college-age (19-22 years old) adults, according to 2019 survey results from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study.

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Fighting Back against the Stigma of Addiction

(Scientific American, September 2020 issue) The belief that addiction is due to “moral weakness and flawed character” can be dangerous for people battling substance misuse, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow.

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Opioid use can trigger deafness

(Science Daily, August 17) According to new research, opioid use can trigger deafness.

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Teen Pot Use Makes a Comeback After Legalization

(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.

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Fatal cardiac arrests could be hiding opioid overdose deaths in the US

(New Scientist, August 10) A new study out of San Francisco found that about 17% of presumed cardiac arrest deaths in the city were actually due to drug overdose.