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Reality Videos Bring NIDA Scientists to Web Site for Teens

Highlights new video clips on NIDA's Web site for teens that explore the dangers of drug abuse and that address questions from youth and their parents on the topic.

Some Teens Reporting Nonmedical Use of Prescriptions Develop Disorders

Reports teen drug abuse based on 2006-2007 data from a national survey on drug use and health and compares differences by gender.

Behavior Game Played in Primary Grades Reduces Later Drug-Related Problems

Presents research findings on a study to test the effectiveness of a classroom activity designed to instill appropriate behavior during children’s first 2 years of school.

High School Seniors Steadily Increase Nonmedical Use of Sedatives Over 15 years

Highlights data from an annual national survey of youth showing a pattern of rising nonmedical use of sedatives among high school seniors.

Steroid Abuse Is a High-Risk Route to the Finish Line

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Highlights research on the effects of steroid use on the brain and the rest of the body, and stresses the need to educate young people about the serious health risks associated with its use.

Buprenorphine Plus Behavioral Therapy Is Effective For Adolescents With Opioid Addiction

Reports on a study of adolescents addicted to opioids who responded better to buprenorphine than clonidine in a clinical trial in which all patients also received behavioral therapy.

Addiction Science Award Winners Announced

Announces the 2010 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

Gene Influences Impact of Maternal Smoking on Children's Behavioral Problems

Describes research showing that the combination of prenatal smoking exposure and specific genes increases children’s and adolescent’s risk for behavior problems.

From the Director

Hallucinogens and dissociative drugs—which have street names like acid, angel dust, and vitamin K—distort the way a user perceives time, motion, colors, sounds, and self. These drugs can disrupt a person’s ability to think and communicate rationally, or even to recognize reality, sometimes resulting in bizarre or dangerous behavior. Hallucinogens such as LSD and psilocybin cause emotions to swing wildly and real-world sensations to appear unreal, sometimes frightening.

Parental Supervision and Genetics Interact To Influence Nicotine Addiction

Reviews research indicating that both parental influence and certain genes interact to influence nicotine addiction and that parental monitoring may play a role in reducing risk.

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