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Heroin Is Back

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If you’ve seen the news lately, you may have noticed that heroin is back in a big way.

Communities across the country – regardless of geographic location or economic status – are experiencing an alarming uptick in deaths related to heroin overdose. So why is this happening? Why are so many teens becoming addicted to heroin in this day and age, when it seems nearly everyone knows the dangers of this drug?It’s beginning with something you might have at home right now. Nearly half of young people who inject heroin start by abusing prescription drugs.

Read more from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and check out their infographic about the problem.

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#PROTECTURSELFIE

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Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s dangerous. Which is why MADD is asking teens to take a stand against underage drinking.

Teens:  You have the power to influence your friends and make an impact in your school, home and community. The Power of You(th) is the power you hold to save some of the 4,700 lives that are lost each year because of underage drinking.

Learn more and take part in the campaign!

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Why Teens Can’t Always Resist Temptation

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Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse says in her TEDMED Talk that “Adolescence is a time of major brain development—particularly the maturation of prefrontal cortical regions involved in self-control and the neural circuits linking these areas to the reward regions. The prefrontal cortex, where we make decisions and comparative judgments about the value of different courses of action, is crucial for regulating our behavior in the face of potential rewards like drugs and food. Adolescents are prone to risky behaviors and impulsive actions that provide instant gratification instead of eventual rewards.  In part, this is because their prefrontal cortex is still a work in progress. The incomplete maturation of the prefrontal cortex is a major factor in why young people are so susceptible to abusing drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs.”

Read more.

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2015 National Drug IQ Challenge

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Test your knowledge on drugs and drug abuse by taking the interactive National Drug IQ Challenge quiz!

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CDC Releases Proven Strategies to Help Save Lives in Your State: Injury Center News

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New State Fact Sheets on Drunk Driving and Restraint Use

Check out your state’s data and strategies on drunk driving and restraint use and get more state data and information that can help you implement strategies to save lives.

These fact sheets have been developed as a useful tool to highlight current data and strategies proven effective for reducing or preventing drunk driving and increasing the use of seat belts, car seats, and booster seats.

Tools You Can Use

Download state datasets, maps, charts, and graphs already created for you that you can use in your presentations and web sites. Data are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and divided up by HHS Region.