Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Expand Research on Understudied Substances
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Science is a critical ally in efforts to prevent youth substance use, yet scientific work is not always precisely aligned with the threats communities face.

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One example is the use of inhalants, one of the most common substances of initiation in most communities, but whose impact has not yet been extensively researched. Cognitive (i.e., “study drugs”) and physical performance-enhancing drugs (e.g., steroids), constitute another class of substances abused by youth that requires additional research. Youth abuse of opioid painkillers and other pharmaceuticals should also be more extensively researched. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will actively support research into these youth drug use problems and disseminate the results widely.

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