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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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Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?


Sara Bellum
July 16, 2014

Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. Read More »

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National HIV Testing Day - June 27

A New HIV Case every 9 ½ Minutes

Giselle, NIDA Intern
August 19, 2009

Every 9 ½ minutes: that's how often the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that someone in the U.S. gets infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the next 10 minutes, someone will get HIV—and it could be your friend or someone in your family. Read More »

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The Growth of the Teenage Brain From Age Four to Twenty-One

Who Has More Brain Power--You or Your Parents?

Sara Bellum
August 17, 2009

NIDA scientists are always saying that teens shouldn’t use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. But do you know why they say that? Because of scientific studies like this one by Dr. Jay Giedd, which shows that your brain won’t reach its adult potential until you’re over 20 years old. Read More »

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Jada Nicole Dalley and Sehar Anjum Salman with NIDA science fair judges

What the Heck is Third Hand Smoke?

Sara Bellum
August 14, 2009

That's what a lot of people were asking at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno a few months ago. Two 16 year olds in San Antonio, Texas, worked together to try and find out. Read More »

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A word cloud made up of words from the 2008 NIDA Chat Day transcript

NIDA Chat Day Word Cloud

Sara Bellum
August 12, 2009

What are your biggest questions about drug abuse? What words come to mind when you think about addiction? Read More »

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Recovery.gov: The U.S. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Logo

Stimulating Science

Sara Bellum
August 10, 2009

Remember all the noise about the bad economy and how Congress was passing a "Stimulus Act" to help? The name of this bill is the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)". Read More »

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