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.

Boy playing a game on his phone.

Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?


Sara Bellum
April 09, 2014

Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. Read More »

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Ameya Deshmukh with NIDA judges Dr. Ruben Baler, Dr. Pam Ling, and Dr. Cindy Miner

Smokin’ Hot Science

Sara Bellum
June 25, 2010

Did you ever wonder how scientists develop medications to help people stop smoking? High School Junior Ameya Deshmukh has been wondering about that since he was 7 years old. Because his parents work in science labs, he began learning about basic science from an early age. Read More »

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Several glasses of alcohol

Alco-Pops: A Refreshment to Rethink

Sara Bellum
June 22, 2010

Alcohol companies have tapped into a growing market to introduce underage drinkers to their products, on the basis that kids who acquire a taste for alcoholic drinks early are more likely to get hooked. Read More »

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Four people at a science fair.

Virtual Brain Training

Sara Bellum
June 17, 2010

Imagine you are a teen with ADHD. It’s hard for you to focus in class, your mind wanders everywhere, and even though you want to do well in class you’d much rather be outside shooting hoops. Although you take notes, it’s hard for you to remember the teacher’s instructions. Read More »

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Four people at a science fair.

Risky Business

Sara Bellum
June 15, 2010

Have you ever cut class? If so, what goes through your mind…how do you tell yourself it’s ok? And what would discourage you from doing it? Read More »

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Here is an image of a girl holding a pill.

Real Teens Ask: What Are Opioids?

Sara Bellum
June 07, 2010

Teens have a lot of questions about drugs, which is why NIDA holds an annual Drug Facts Chat Day to explain the science behind drug abuse. Read More »

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