NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for the facts about drugs. At NIDA, we learn from science—not from rumors or gossip. Ask the questions, look for the facts, and think hard about what you find out and what it means for you.

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Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?


Sara Bellum
April 09, 2014

Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. Read More »

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Happy 1st Birthday, Sara Bellum Blog!

Sara Bellum
July 27, 2010

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Real Teens Ask: How Can I Help My Friend?

Sara Bellum
July 20, 2010

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a whole day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last “Drug Facts Chat Day,” a teen from Lima Central Catholic High School in Lima, Ohio asked: Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What Drug is Most Abused by Teens?

Sara Bellum
July 13, 2010

At NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day, we get great questions from teens all over the country about drugs. Here’s one from “hhentze,” representing Junction City High School in Oregon: Read More »

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Want To Look Your Best? Don’t Smoke

Sara Bellum
July 07, 2010

Many teens and their parents spend money on clothes, haircuts, braces, perfumes, athletic gear and sports memberships, all to try and look their best. But smoking cigarettes can cancel out all these hard-earned efforts. Besides diseases like cancer and emphysema, smoking can cause: Read More »

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To Tweet or Not To Tweet

Sara Bellum
July 01, 2010

Are you more likely to text or tweet? Maybe you do both, since everyone is a multi-tasker now. Like texting while watching tv or checking email… Not to be left out, NIDA has recently started tweeting @NIDAnews . You can see some of our tweets below: Read More »

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