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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.

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Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?


Sara Bellum
July 16, 2014

Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. Read More »

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5 Myths About ADHD Drugs

Sara Bellum
December 12, 2013

Prescription stimulants—like Adderall and Ritalin—have been in the news Read More »

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Emory Payne

Alcohol and Zebrafish: An Interview With Emory Payne

Sara Bellum
December 10, 2013

Emory Payne is a senior at Bancroft School in Massachusetts. Emory and his lab partner, Zohaib Majaz, won the 2nd place 2013 Addiction Science Award. Read More »

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Designated Driver = No Alcohol

Sara Bellum
December 05, 2013

The holiday season is upon us once again, and alcohol often is served at parties and family gatherings. 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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