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Education Sciences Board to Look at Drugs and Student Achievement

"Drugs are bad, m'kay?"

"South Park" cartoon teacher Mr. Mackey's pithy lesson is pretty common sentiment about teen drug use, but federal researchers hope a major longitudinal study can provide deeper insight to how substance abuse affects adolescents at different stages of development.

The National Board for Education Sciences, the Institute of Education Sciences' advisory board, will meet Monday with researchers in the Interagency Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. It aims to recruit 10,000 10-year-olds—presumably before their first exposure to any drugs—to follow for a decade "deploying a range of neuroimaging, behavioral, and other assessment tools to monitor individual trajectories of brain development and related outcomes" related to using drugs, according to a statement on the study by Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The project coordinators are still discussing the scope and details of the study.


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