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). 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 for coping 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.)
Some of the past articles you can find when clicking 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?
Fentanyl: 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
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Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?
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Living With an Adult Who Has a Substance Use Problem
by The NIDA Blog Team on September 28, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Living with a person who has a substance use disorder can be especially difficult for young people. Read More »
Miss America 2020 Talks With NIDA’s Director About Using Prescription Opioids Safely
by The NIDA Blog Team on September 14, 2020 at 1:04 pm
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Say What? "Neuroscience"
by The NIDA Blog Team on August 31, 2020 at 12:22 pm
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¹ ² ³ (all three icons): National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services