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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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E-Cig Popularity on the Rise


Sara Bellum
July 09, 2014

As states continue to pass laws that restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this post from 2013 explores why they've become so popular with teens. Read More »

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Truth in Advertising? Super Bowl Alcohol Commercials

Sara Bellum
February 16, 2011

Everyone knows that many of the fans of football’s biggest game are there for the commercials. Companies selling all types of goods—from cars to snack foods to insurance—pay top dollar (more than $2 million for 30 seconds in 2011) to spread the word about their products. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What Is a Drug?

Sara Bellum
February 11, 2011

Every year on NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day, scientists chat with teens across the country to answer their questions about the science behind drug abuse and addiction. Read More »

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Let’s Talk: Blog Post Categories

Sara Bellum
February 09, 2011

By now you know that our readers’ opinions matter to us, especially when it comes to the topics we cover. Read More »

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“Spice” – Not as Fun as it Sounds

Sara Bellum
February 04, 2011

Spice—also known as K2, Fake Marijuana, Skunk, and other names—is a synthetic (or man-made) substance made from shredded dried plant materials and chemicals. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Depressants

Sara Bellum
February 01, 2011

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “depressants?” Maybe “depressed” or “sad?” But the drugs called depressants aren’t called that because they’re depressing in the emotional sense. Read More »

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