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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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The Tobacco 21 Bill: Limiting Teen Access to Tobacco

Sara Bellum
November 25, 2013

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Read More »

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Former “Jersey Shore” Star in Recovery From Painkiller Addiction

Sara Bellum
November 21, 2013

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino recently opened up about his recovery from painkiller addiction. Read More »

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Gili Risak

Twitter and Teenagers: An Interview With Gili Rusak

Sara Bellum
November 19, 2013

Gili Rusak is a junior in high school. She won an Honorable Mention 2013 Addiction Science Award. Read More »

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Yvonne Urbina

National Drug Facts Week is right around the corner….

Yvonne Urbina
November 13, 2013

Hello! Read More »

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Josie Anderson

To the Color: A NIDA Employee Honors the Nation’s Veterans

Josie “Outlaw” Anderson
November 11, 2013

Eleven years ago, I enlisted in the United States Air Force and learned how to recite the Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all we do. Read More »

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