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Lesson: Real Questions, Real Answers About Drugs

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Dear Teacher: The teen years are filled with situations that raise questions about drugs. Getting answers to these questions can help teens make healthy decisions when faced with peer pressure about drug use. If they know the facts about how drugs may affect their brains and bodies, they’ll be more likely to say “no.” But many teens don’t know where to get the facts about drugs. Some teens may feel comfortable talking to their parents, teachers, or other trusted adults, but many may be too embarrassed, or fear getting in trouble. Instead, they may rely on word of mouth or other unreliable sources to get information. In this year’s first installment of Heads Up, we give answers to some of the questions that teens have asked most frequently during NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day—an annual event where teens can anonymously send questions to the nation’s top drug and addiction experts. We also highlight other reliable sources of information about drugs and give teens tips for making smart decisions. We hope you will share the article with your students and encourage them to seek out science-based answers to their questions.
Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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