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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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Christa Reuter

Shattering the Myths: Q & A With an NDFW Participant

Sara Bellum
January 29, 2014

Christa Reuter is a 21-year-old carpentry vocation student at the Great Onyx Job Corps in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. She has completed the program and will begin her new job soon. Read More »

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Thunderclap! Amplify Our Voices for National Drug Facts Week

Sara Bellum
January 27, 2014

Today is the first day of National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) 2014. This is the week when NIDA aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. Communities across the country will host events throughout the week to educate teens about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Read More »

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Justin Bieber: A Warning to All Teens

Carol Krause, NIDA Communications Director
January 24, 2014

Hello SBB readers. A few years ago, I did a blog post on the death of Michael Jackson—the pop star who seemed to have it all … but who succumbed to a death related to drug abuse. Read More »

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Virtual Reality and Drug Abuse Treatment

Sara Bellum
January 22, 2014

Do you or your friends play video games? Many video games create a virtual reality, a world that only exists on a computer, made up of vivid images and engrossing stories. Read More »

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Words Can Hurt: Drug Rumors and Stigma

Sara Bellum
January 15, 2014

In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, not a day goes by that some news or gossip site isn’t wondering about who’s using drugs or trying to quit using them. Read More »

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