National Drug Facts Week 2015 to begin January 26

National Drug Facts Week, which brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about drug use and addiction, will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2015. Ideas for community-based events, as well as success stories from previous years, are highlighted on the National…

Source:: http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2014/09/national-drug-facts-week-2015-to-begin-january-26

Unique interaction discovered between brain regions involved in addiction, depression

NIDA IRP researchers have discovered a unique interaction between a nerve cell in the brain’s ventral tegmental area and the lateral habenula – a pathway implicated in mental health disorders such as addiction and depression. This nerve cell releases both excitatory (glutamate) and inhibitory (…

Source:: http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2014/09/unique-interaction-discovered-between-brain-regions-involved-in-addiction-depression

Help Us Tweet (and Facebook) to Beat Heatstroke TODAY!

Photo of baby in car seat

Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and freedom for children. But, too often during the summer months, a child left alone in a vehicle dies due to heatstroke. Already this year 19 children have died due to heatstroke; that’s in addition to the 44 children killed in 2013.

So today, as we did last year, we’re asking everyone on Twitter and Facebook to help spread our lifesaving message as part of Heatstroke Awareness Day

For children’s sake, “Look Before you Lock”

Photo of Secretary Foxx with father of child who died from heatstroke

Derrick. Benjamin. Hailey. Logan. Cooper. Anna. Mason Ryan. Bella. Alejandra. Sophia. Jeremiah. Logan. Julius. Sophia. Fernando. Aurora. Giovanni.

These are the names of the children who, since April 1, were left alone in their cars and died of heatstroke. There are 17 names, and it’s only July.

It seems like we live this nightmare over and over again every year. That’s because we do. Last year, 44 children were left alone inside their cars and died of heatstroke. In 2012, the toll was 34.

These are tragedies.

Secretary Foxx with Reginald McKinnon, a strong safety advocate whose daughter died from heatstroke.

Source: http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/children%E2%80%99s-sake-%E2%80%9Clook-you-lock%E2%80%9D