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.

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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young woman singing about drug abuse prevention

Write a Song To Promote Healthy Decisions

Sara Bellum
October 29, 2013

Recently, NIDA met with its Teen Advisory Group—a group of diverse teens from around the country—to talk about pop culture, celebrities, and drugs. Read More »

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Wahib Farooqui talks about mentors who help him be drug-free

Unexpected Mentors

Wahib Farooqui
October 28, 2013

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We asked teens to tell us who inspires them to stay away from illicit drugs. Here’s what one teen said.  Read More »

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Jane Lynch in Glee PSA about addiction

"Glee" Cast Members Speak Out About Drug Abuse

Sara Bellum
October 24, 2013

Earlier this month, the TV show “Glee” aired its tribute episode to Cory Monteith and his character, Finn Hudson. Read More »

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Allyssa Garcia talks about mentors who help her be drug-free

My Life Story

Allyssa Garcia
October 22, 2013

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We asked teens to tell us who inspires them to stay away from illicit drugs. Here’s what one teen said.  I know drugs tempt us every day. They're all around us. I am gonna tell you how I stay away from drugs. Read More »

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Teen feeling left out by a group of young women - peer pressure and bullying can influence drug use

Your Environment May Influence Drug Use

Sara Bellum
October 17, 2013

A NIDA-funded study found that a healthy person was at a higher risk for abusing drugs if a sibling or spouse abused drugs. The closer the siblings are in age, the greater the chances. Read More »

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