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.

Boy playing a game on his phone.

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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Young woman lifting weights

Sports Supplements: Not a Safe “Quick Fix”

Sara Bellum
September 24, 2013

When working out or playing sports, you may feel like you want to up your game. There are lots of sports products out there that claim to help you run faster, be stronger, or play longer—but be careful. Read More »

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doctor talking to teen

Talking About Hard Stuff With Your Doctor

Jack Maypole, M.D., Director of Pediatrics, South End Community Health Center
September 19, 2013

By Jack Maypole, M.D., Director, Comprehensive Care Program, Boston Medical Center. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine Read More »

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Rhonda

Thoughts on Recovery: Rhonda’s Story

Sara Bellum
September 17, 2013

Rhonda started abusing drugs when she was 14 years old. She entered treatment for addiction when she was 19. Now at age 21, she has been drug free for almost 2 years, attends college, and enjoys time with her two children. Read More »

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Family eating dinner together.

What’s Dinner Got To Do With It?

Sara Bellum
September 12, 2013

How often does your family sit down to eat a meal together? Every day? A few times a month? Never? It turns out that teens in families that often enjoy a meal together are more likely to share stories about their days—and stay away from drugs. Read More »

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Painkiller Abuse in the NFL: A Hefty Price for Entertainment

Sara Bellum
September 10, 2013

America loves its football—watching an NFL game on a crisp fall Sunday with our friends and families is a big part of our culture. But that fun comes at a cost to the pros who get tackled over and over in pursuit of a touchdown. Read More »

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