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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® celebrates 10 years
Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
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Vaping of marijuana on the rise among teens

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Get the inside information on how different drugs can affect the brain and the body and what you can do to get involved.

For more resources, see the NIDA for Teens Web site.

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NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse


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  • Drug & Alcohol Facts Chat Day - Have a question? NIDA scientists have answers. Join Drug & Alcohol Facts Chat Day and find out what you want to know about drugs and drug abuse in real-time.
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® - NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs!
  • The Addiction Science Award - Compete in the world's largest science competition for high school students, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Three projects are selected to receive awards for exemplary work in Addiction Science. 
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