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NIDA News Release Contact: Beverly Jackson,
Michelle Muth or Blair Gately
FOR RELEASE, April 18, 2001

New Brochure Helps Spanish-Speaking Families Discuss Drug Abuse and Related Health Risks

Juventud Latina - Hable con Sus Hijos Sobre las Drogas y Sus Peligros (Latino Youth - Speak to Your Children About Drugs and Their Dangers) provides a science-based discussion tool for Hispanic/Latino families. It includes the latest information on the health effects of inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, in addition to information on drug abuse prevention and treatment strategies.

Juventud Latina was developed in Spanish by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health. "Drug abuse and addiction are equal opportunity destroyers. They touch every race, culture, and socioeconomic level, and our goal is to provide useful tools for all Americans to use in dealing with these issues within their own communities. " says Dr. Alan I. Leshner, NIDA Director. "In producing this brochure, we were particularly fortunate to have the active involvement and input from Hispanic/Latino parents, young people, and community health professionals nationwide."

A series of accompanying Spanish radio PSAs directed toward parents is being released in April. They encourage listeners to learn about the health effects of drug abuse and talk to their children about them. They also direct listeners to a toll-free number for ordering the new brochure. The PSAs are being distributed to 480 Hispanic/Latino radio outlets nationwide.

These publications, the new brochure, and other science-based information on drug abuse and addiction can be downloaded from NIDA's website at

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and other topics can be ordered free of charge in English and Spanish by calling NIDA Infofax at 1-888-NIH-NIDA (644-6432) or 1-888-TTY-NIDA (889-6432) for the deaf. These fact sheets and further information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the Home page at

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