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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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Jada Nicole Dalley and Sehar Anjum Salman with NIDA science fair judges

What the Heck is Third Hand Smoke?

Sara Bellum
August 14, 2009

That's what a lot of people were asking at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno a few months ago. Two 16 year olds in San Antonio, Texas, worked together to try and find out. Read More »

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A word cloud made up of words from the 2008 NIDA Chat Day transcript

NIDA Chat Day Word Cloud

Sara Bellum
August 12, 2009

What are your biggest questions about drug abuse? What words come to mind when you think about addiction? Read More »

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Recovery.gov: The U.S. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Logo

Stimulating Science

Sara Bellum
August 10, 2009

Remember all the noise about the bad economy and how Congress was passing a "Stimulus Act" to help? The name of this bill is the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)". Read More »

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A diagram of the brain anatomy, highlighting the location of the brainstem. The brainstem is located between the brain and the spinal cord.

Word of the Day: Brainstem

Sara Bellum
August 05, 2009

Our bodies can do lots of things without us even thinking about it. And that’s what the Word of the Day is about. The brainstem, not surprisingly, is a “stem” that connects the brain to the spinal cord. Read More »

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A Day at the Movies: The Harmful Effects of Marijuana

Sara Bellum
August 03, 2009

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