Learn More about Substance Abuse and Addiction
Click on “Easy-to-Read Drug Facts“ (the teal icon¹ below) to learn more about substance abuse and addictions, including:
- Commonly abused drugs (in detail): Alcohol, Bath Salts, Cocaine (Coke and Crack), Heroin, Marijuana (Weed, Pot), MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly), Meth (Crack, Ice), Pain Medication (Oxy, Vike), Spice (K2), Tobacco and Nicotine, and others drug abuse
- What is Addiction? What are the signs and symptoms of someone with a drug use problem? How Does Drug Use Become an Addiction? What Makes Someone More Likely to Get Addicted to Drugs? Does Addiction Run in Families?
- Effects of Drugs: Drug Use and Other People, Drug Use and Families, Drug Use Hurts Kids, Drug Use Hurts Unborn Children, Drug Use and Your Health, Other Effects on Body, Drug Use Hurts Brains, Drug Use and Mental Health Problems Often Happen Together, The Link Between Drug Use and HIV/AIDS
- Treatment and Recovery- Why Does a Person Need Treatment? Does Drug Treatment Work? What are the Treatment Options? What is Recovery? What is Relapse? How Can Friends and Family Help? Where Can Someone Find Treatment and Recovery Resources?
- Prevention- Help Children and Teens Stay Drug-Free, Talking to Kids About Drugs: What to Say if You Used Drugs in the Past, Drug Use Prevention Phone Numbers and Websites
Click on “Nida for Teens-the Science Behind Drug Abuse“ (the black icon² below) which has separate sections for Teens, Teachers and Parents to learn more about:
- Drug Facts- Drug Use and the Brain
- Prescription Drug Abuse by teens
- Interactives, Games & Videos: games, “Drug IQ Challenge”, “CSI Web Adventure,” videos of teens, and much more
- Drug and Health Blog: articles on Naloxone, “Truth in Social Media”, Prince, opioids; tips to cope with stress; and much more
- Downloads: make own t-shirts, screen savers and more
- Parent Section: “Drugs & Your Kids”, Scientific Facts about Drugs, and Drug Abuse Treatment
- Teacher Section: Science Based Resources, Lesson & Activity Finder, and More (Lessons and activities on drugs, drug use, and life skills from Scholastic), Order Free Materials, Videos for Students, Easy to Read Site, Infographics
“Drugs & Health – NIDA’s Blog for Teens“³ – created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to help teens with substance abuse and addictions. (Click on the green icon below for past articles. The most recent articles are listed below the icon.)
List of Just Some of the Past Articles you can find when click on the Green Icon below:
You Can Help Reduce the Opioid Crisis
E-Cigs Are Risky-Whatever They Look Like
Teen Drug Use is Down-But Teen Overdoses Are Up
Drug Use and Mental Health Problems: What’s the Connection?
Fentalnyl: A Big Danger in Small Amounts
Teen Researcher Asks: Why Do E-Cigs Harm the Lungs?
E-Cigarettes: Inhaling More than You Bargained For
A Look Inside the Teen Brain: ABCD Study Update
How Do Drugs Get Into a Person’s Hair
You Said It: “My Parents Do Not Understand My Stress”
How Do Drugs Change Your Brain? Test Your Knowledge
Let’s Shatter the Myths About Drugs
Out of Control: Opioids and the Brain
Drugs and HIV/AIDS: Linked in More Ways Than One
K2/Spice: An Unpredicted Danger
Bullying Hurts. You Can Help
You Said It: “I Know Someone Who Started Smoking and Wishes They Could Quit”
by The NIDA Blog Team on May 20, 2019 at 12:49 pm
If you know someone who wants to quit smoking, you can help by listening without judgment and sharing some of these facts with your friend. Read More » […]
Say What? “Dopamine”
by The NIDA Blog Team on May 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm
Your brain releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine as a response to things that are pleasurable. Read More » […]
Marijuana: Just the Facts
by The NIDA Blog Team on May 6, 2019 at 11:56 am
The teen brain continues to develop until age 25. Using marijuana regularly before then can have negative and long-lasting effects. Read More » […]
What's a Healthy Relationship Like?
by The NIDA Blog Team on April 29, 2019 at 12:03 pm
Strong, healthy relationships are important for a happy life. How can you tell if a relationship is positive for you? Read More » […]
Announcing the “Teens Make Music” Contest Winners!
by The NIDA Blog Team on April 22, 2019 at 10:10 am
The winning songwriters share the motivations behind their songs and their favorite moments at the GRAMMY Awards. Read More » […]
¹ ² ³ (all three icons): National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services