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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.

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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Get the Download on Drugs: Help Us Shatter the Myths!

Sara Bellum
September 20, 2010

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Neon sign reading Cool

Real Teens Ask: Why Do Teens Who Smoke Think They Are So Cool?

Sara Bellum
September 14, 2010

Many teens have questions about drugs. On Drug Facts Chat Day, NIDA scientists get to listen in and answer these questions from students all across the country. Read More »

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Students and Washington Redskins players

What do the Washington Redskins, NIDA, and the Greek Gods have in common?

Sara Bellum
September 13, 2010

Many of us have strong opinions about athletes using steroids to short cut their way to being stronger or faster. But it’s not just us—it’s also the 30-plus thousands of coaches and schools who use the ATLAS and ATHENA models in their sports programs. Read More »

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Text - Got Speed?

Real Teens Ask: What are stimulants?

Sara Bellum
August 31, 2010

In a recent Drug Facts Chat Day, freeman-jones of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, Maryland asked: Can taking Ritalin help you if you have not been prescribed Ritalin? Read More »

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Shoe Crushing Cigarette

New Rules for Cigarette Companies

Sara Bellum
August 31, 2010

As the 1-year anniversary of the signing of the Tobacco Control Act approaches, new rules that let the Government regulate tobacco products are going into effect. Read More »

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