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Teen boy using a paint set.

Does Marijuana Make You More Creative?


The NIDA Blog Team
November 03, 2014

Some marijuana users says its mind-altering effect—the “high”—makes them feel more creative, but it’s actually an illusion. Read More »

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A handful of dried spice leaves.

Spice Is Not Fake Marijuana—Not Even Close

Sara Bellum
May 14, 2014

Spice, also known as K2 or “synthetic (manmade) marijuana,” is not nice. Read More »

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Image of a teenage boy with text saying, "Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers started before they were 18."

What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

Sara Bellum
May 07, 2014

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »

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Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA), with a student.

Colleges Offer Addiction Science Programs So Students Can Help Tackle Drug Addiction

Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA).
April 30, 2014

Have you ever thought about a career in Addiction Science? Many teens across the country are interested in learning more about this field so they can tackle one of America's most challenging problems. Read More »

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A collection of growing khat shrubs.

Let’s Talk About Khat

Sara Bellum
April 23, 2014

Never heard of khat (pronounced “cot”)? That’s okay—not many people in the United States use it (its use isn’t measured, so we don’t know the exact numbers). Read More »

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Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD).

Reflecting on Experiences as a NIDA Fall Intern

Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD)
April 16, 2014

I am finishing my Ph.D. in May 2014 in a field housed under the umbrella of social sciences, called conflict analysis and resolution. The field provides the foundation and skills necessary to identify areas of conflict and resolve them without the need for taking legal action. Read More »

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