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 message here.



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

Featured News: Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid misuse and Addiction

A new study conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Columbia University, concluded that marijuana use increases the risk of non-medical opioid use and opioid addiction. This study comes after several reports that opioid use disorders are down in states that have legalized marijuana. These studies, which use statewide data, do not show the effect of marijuana use on the individual. The NIDA and Columbia University study followed individuals from 2001 to 2005 and found that those who used marijuana in 2001 were more likely to misuse and be addicted to opioids in 2005. This study adds to the growing body of research highlighting the health dangers of marijuana. Read more here.

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