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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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Meth Use Is Down, But We Still Have Work To Do

Sara Bellum
December 03, 2013

November 30 to December 7, 2013 is the first national Meth Awareness Week. Read More »

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Alaina Sonksen

Bath Salts and Fruit Flies: An Interview With Alaina Sonksen

Sara Bellum
November 27, 2013

Alaina Sonksen is a senior at Camdenton High School in Missouri. She won the 3rd place 2013 Addiction Science Award. Read More »

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The Tobacco 21 Bill: Limiting Teen Access to Tobacco

Sara Bellum
November 25, 2013

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Read More »

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Former “Jersey Shore” Star in Recovery From Painkiller Addiction

Sara Bellum
November 21, 2013

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino recently opened up about his recovery from painkiller addiction. Read More »

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Gili Risak

Twitter and Teenagers: An Interview With Gili Rusak

Sara Bellum
November 19, 2013

Gili Rusak is a junior in high school. She won an Honorable Mention 2013 Addiction Science Award. Read More »

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