Every Day Teens Can Make One Choice for Their Health: Do Not Use Any Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana or Other Drugs

For a Healthy Brain Teens Make “One Choice”

Many teens are confronted with drugs at some point during their teenage years. Be it at school, at home or with friends, teens have One Choice to make: to use or not to use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or other drugs. This site provides information about why not using any drugs is the best choice for health. Read more about the One Choice.


Robert L. DuPont, MD, President of the Institute for Behavior and Health and first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse speaks at a RyeAct Parents' Meeting about the important role of parents in youth substance use prevention [published by RyeTV].

Dr. DuPont's corresponding presentation slides.

 Photo by NIDA

Photo by NIDA

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A Call to Action to Intensify Substance Use Prevention

Researcher Amelia M. Arria, PhD explains, "an intensified and comprehensive national agenda is needed to prevent substance use and intervene effectively as early as possible."

negative long-term effects of heavy Marijuana use on brain function and behavior

A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging looked at the effects of heavy marijuana use on brain function and behavior. The accompanying press release summarizes, "Young people with cannabis dependence have altered brain function that may be the source of emotional disturbances and increased psychosis risk that are associated with cannabis abuse. The alterations were most pronounced in people who started using cannabis at a young age. The findings reveal potential negative long-term effects of heavy cannabis use on brain function and behavior, which remain largely unknown despite the drug’s wide use and efforts to legalize the substance." Read more about health effects of drug use.

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