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Let’s Talk: National Drug Facts Week

Sara Bellum
September 28, 2011

In November 2010, NIDA held its first-ever National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), where people around the U.S. worked with friends, family, and neighbors to plan events to dispel the myths and discuss the facts about drug abuse. Read More »

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Let's Talk: How Do You Use Facebook?

Sara Bellum
September 23, 2011

Are you on Facebook? Chances are, the answer is yes—the popular site has more than 750 million active users who spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook! Read More »

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Word of the Day: Polyneuropathy

Sara Bellum
September 21, 2011

According to NIDA’s glossary, polyneuropathy is a “permanent change or malfunction of nerves.” “Poly” means “many,” so multiple nerves throughout the body such as in the arms, legs, hands, and feet are affected. Read More »

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Keep "Bath Salts" in the Tub

Sara Bellum
September 16, 2011

Bath salts. The name sounds innocent enough, like an old-fashioned cure for tired feet. But these days, “bath salts” are far from what you would find in your local soap aisle at the grocery store or day spa. Read More »

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Teen Brain, a Work in Progress

Sara Bellum
September 14, 2011

Have you ever wondered why you have to be 16 to get your driver’s license or 18 to vote or 21 to legally drink alcohol? It’s partly because your brain is not ready to take on these responsibilities, since your brain is not fully developed when you’re a teen. Read More »