Drug abuse agency site targets teens

Dr. Nora Volkow

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,' Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA's director, said earlier this month. NIDA is part 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.

The agency has sent information about the Web site to 40,000 middle- and high-school science teachers. Materials for families and teachers covering all ages are available at www.drugabuse.gov, including information about the brain and the effects of drugs on the brain.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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