Drug abuse agency Web site targets teens
- By Mary Mosquera
- Sep 15, 2003
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has launched a Web site highlighting the science behind drug abuse and addiction.
"Our materials are designed to inform students at a variety of grade levels about how research can help us discover the causes and possible cures for drug addiction,' said NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow on Friday. NIDA is a component of the National Institutes of Health.
The site, www.teens.drugabuse.gov
, is geared toward adolescents ages 11 to 15. It contains facts about drugs, real stories about teens and drug abuse, games, take-home activities, and a forum with Volkow, as "Dr. NIDA."
The agency has sent information about the new Web site to 40,000 middle- and high-school science teachers. "Science education'especially in the field of drug abuse and addiction'is dynamic,' said Volkow. Materials for families and teachers covering all ages are available at www.drugabuse.gov
, including education about the brain and the effects of drugs on the brain.
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.