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The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction


The NIDA Blog Team
October 23, 2014

Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. Read More »

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Thunderclap! Amplify Our Voices for National Drug Facts Week

Sara Bellum
January 27, 2014

Today is the first day of National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) 2014. This is the week when NIDA aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Communities across the country will host events throughout the week to educate teens about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Read More »

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Justin Bieber: A Warning to All Teens

Carol Krause, NIDA Communications Director
January 24, 2014

Hello SBB readers. A few years ago, I did a blog post on the death of Michael Jackson—the pop star who seemed to have it all … but who succumbed to a death related to drug abuse. Read More »

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Virtual Reality and Drug Abuse Treatment

Sara Bellum
January 22, 2014

Do you or your friends play video games? Many video games create a virtual reality, a world that only exists on a computer, made up of vivid images and engrossing stories. Read More »

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Words Can Hurt: Drug Rumors and Stigma

Sara Bellum
January 15, 2014

In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, not a day goes by that some news or gossip site isn’t wondering about who’s using drugs or trying to quit using them. Read More »

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A Vaccine for Drug Abuse? Maybe Someday

Sara Bellum
January 08, 2014

You’ve likely gotten vaccines for many different diseases, like measles, hepatitis B, and tetanus. But NIDA researchers hope that someday a vaccine will help people avoid drug abuse too. Read More »

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