National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) mission is to "advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health." NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction and carries out programs that ensure rapid dissemination of research to inform policy and improve practice.

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Resources

Monitoring the Future

Since 1975, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has sponsored the annual Monitoring the Future Survey, which measures drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide.

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

This website educates adolescents and their parents/teachers on the science behind substance abuse. It contains quizzes, games, and other tools to help clarify the concepts.

Social stress and alcohol initiation in adolescent girls

Social stress may be an important factor that influences adolescent alcohol use; however, most studies looking at social stress and alcohol have been limited by reliance on self-report. This current...

Alcohol and marijuana use predicted sexual intercourse in truant adolescents

Researchers studied data from a group of at-risk, truant adolescents to understand the influence of alcohol and marijuana use on the odds of engaging in sexual intercourse on a given...

How COVID-19 affects people using substances

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for persons facing substance misuse. In an editorial article, Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discusses three unique...

NIDA for Teens: Alcohol

This NIDA fact sheet gives teens science-based information on alcohol use disorder, affects of alcohol use on the teen brain, alcohol affects on the body, blackouts, alcohol overdose and more.

NIDA for Teens

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens’ (NIDA Teens) Drug Facts for Students page provides in-depth information on prescription drugs, opioids, and alcohol.

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

This report presents statistics on the nature and extent of underage drinking in the United States. It also discusses the role of the federal government in preventing and reducing underage...

Mind Matters

The Mind Matters series is a resource for teachers. It includes nine engaging printed materials designed to help students in grades 5 – 8 understand the biological effects of drug...

Monitoring the Future

Since 1975, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has sponsored the annual Monitoring the Future Survey, which measures drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide.

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

This website educates adolescents and their parents/teachers on the science behind substance abuse. It contains quizzes, games, and other tools to help clarify the concepts.

Social stress and alcohol initiation in adolescent girls

Social stress may be an important factor that influences adolescent alcohol use; however, most studies looking at social stress and alcohol have been limited by reliance on self-report. This current...

Alcohol and marijuana use predicted sexual intercourse in truant adolescents

Researchers studied data from a group of at-risk, truant adolescents to understand the influence of alcohol and marijuana use on the odds of engaging in sexual intercourse on a given...

How COVID-19 affects people using substances

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for persons facing substance misuse. In an editorial article, Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discusses three unique...

NIDA for Teens: Alcohol

This NIDA fact sheet gives teens science-based information on alcohol use disorder, affects of alcohol use on the teen brain, alcohol affects on the body, blackouts, alcohol overdose and more.

NIDA for Teens

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens’ (NIDA Teens) Drug Facts for Students page provides in-depth information on prescription drugs, opioids, and alcohol.

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

This report presents statistics on the nature and extent of underage drinking in the United States. It also discusses the role of the federal government in preventing and reducing underage...

Mind Matters

The Mind Matters series is a resource for teachers. It includes nine engaging printed materials designed to help students in grades 5 – 8 understand the biological effects of drug...

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