New Teen Web Site Promotes Understanding of Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently launched, “NIDA for Teens:The Science Behind Drug Abuse,” a new web site targeting adolescents (ages 11 through 15) as well as their parents and teachers. Designed by NIDA with input from teens, the site delivers science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body. Animated illustrations, quizzes, and games are used to clarify concepts, test knowledge, and make learning fun. Drugs currently featured on the site are marijuana, nicotine, ecstasy, and anabolic steroids, with sections on inhalants and stimulants coming soon.