NIH launches new tool for parents to help keep kids drug-free – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers know that while the initial decision to use drugs is voluntary, drug addiction is a disease of the brain. Research has also shown that addiction usually begins in adolescence.
Dowling: One reason for this is that the brain continues to develop until people are in their mid-20s.
Narrator: Dr. Gaya Dowling is with the NIH.
Dowling: So we really want to encourage parents in particular to pay attention to this issue and help their kids understand the dangers so that they can make healthy decisions.
Narrator: Parents play a critical role in preventing their children from using drugs. For details, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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