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NIDA redesigns Easy to Read and Learn the Link websites for mobile devices


October 13, 2015

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has redesigned two of its websites, Easy to Read and Learn the Link, for use on mobile devices.  This new responsive design model automatically adjusts each page to fit the viewer’s screen for faster and easier viewing and navigation on a variety of mobile platforms, such as smartphones and tablets. The redesign launch will coincide with National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a month-long observance that focuses on the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Easy-to-read drug facts site: easyread.drugabuse.gov

The Easy to Read website, launched in 2012, was designed for adults with a low reading literacy level (eighth grade or below). The site, which provides plain language information on neuroscience, drug abuse prevention and treatment, is also a resource for adult literacy educators.  It has a simple design with a large default text size, motion graphic videos and other features that make it easy to read and use. The site also has a text-to-speech tool which reads the page to the user, if preferred. The new design is more engaging, with larger, more vibrant buttons which link directly to resources that provide answers to questions and concerns related to drug abuse. This website can now be viewed on all devices and screen sizes.

Drugs and HIV, learn the link at hiv.drugabuse.gov

The Learn the Link website, launched in 2005, uses TV, print, and Web public service announcements (PSAs) to deliver the message to America’s youth that using drugs and alcohol even once can lead to risky behaviors and serious health consequences, including the spread of HIV. This campaign, which is now housed under the NIDA main website to make it mobile- friendly, continues to raise awareness about the risks between drug use and HIV/AIDS, encouraging teens to share information with peers to prevent the spread of this disease. This website design is now more user-friendly and easier to access for teens, parents and educators. 

NIDA’s new Easy-to-Read site can be found at: www.easyread.drugabuse.gov

NIDA’s new Learn the Link website can be found at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/public-education-projects/learn-link-drugs-hiv or http://hiv.drugabuse.gov/ (this will automatically link to the new site).

For more information, contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245.

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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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    NIDA. (2015, October 13). NIDA redesigns Easy to Read and Learn the Link websites for mobile devices. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2015/10/nida-redesigns-easy-to-read-learn-link-websites-mobile-devices

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