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Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body - Scholastic

Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body - Scholastic

Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body -

STEPHEN KRONINGER(ILLUSTRATION); 5W INFOGRAPHICS(GRAPH)WELCOME TO HEADS UP: Real News About Drugs and Your Body, adrug education series from Scholastic and the scientists of theNational Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Our mission is tobring you real news about the effects drugs can have on yourbrain, your body, and, ultimately, your life.The theme of our series is respect—the respectwe have for you, and the respect we hope you’llhave for yourself. Here’s how that respect isgoing to play out.We’re not going to just tell you to stayaway from drugs. We’re going to bring you thetrue stories of teens who’ve abused drugs.Then, you’ll find out what science has to say.“What we’re going to give you are the factsabout how drugs can affect your brain andyour body,” says Dr. Tim Condon, AssociateDirector of NIDA.Then, once you have the facts, we thinkyou’ll be more likely torespect yourself andmake smart choices.In this series, we’regoing in for close-upson some common drugsof abuse. We begin withnicotine, which, as you’lllearn, is a powerfullyDRUG STATSYou may be surprised to see that drug use is not that commonamong your peers. Check out the stats below from a 2001NIDA-funded study.Used illicit drugs in the past month11.7% 22.7% 25.7%8th graders 10th graders 12th gradersaddictive drug. It can also be deadly.Next, we focus on marijuana. You’ll meetAlby, a 19-year-old recovering marijuanaabuser. He talks about why he turned to thedrug, how it turned his life upside down, andhow he’s still struggling with the harmfuleffects of his abuse.For each drug we present, we’ll break downthe science. That means we’ll be getting intothe gory details of damaged brain cells, funkylungs, and muscle spasms.But first, let us introduce you to anotherimportant entity—your brain. Once you seethe ins and outs ofthis amazing organ,you won’t wantto mess with itsdelicate workings.So, heads up.There’s some powerfulinformation comingyour way.FROM SCHOLASTIC AND THE SCIENTISTS OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 1

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Heads Up: Real News About Drugsand Your Body - Scholastic
Heads Up: Real News About Drugsand Your Body - Scholastic
Heads Up:Real News About Drugs and Your Body - Scholastic
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