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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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Let's Talk: How Do You Kick Back?

Sara Bellum
April 05, 2011

It’s a known fact that the teenage years are a big transition time of physical and mental development for both males and females. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Brain Reward System

Sara Bellum
April 01, 2011

A reward is a great way to encourage someone to do something. For example, if you offer a $300 reward to find your lost dog, people may be more likely to look for and return him or her. Read More »

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Hit the Gym, Not the Pills

Sara Bellum
March 29, 2011

Most of us have something about ourselves that we’d like to change. Too tall, too short, too fat, too thin, too stocky, too anything… In fact, research suggests that more than half of teens are unsatisfied with their bodies for some reason. Read More »

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Science For Starters: A Conversation with Dr. Ruben Baler, Ph.D.

Sara Bellum
March 25, 2011

Ruben Baler, Ph.D., is not your typical neuroscientist. Baler has studied in his native country Argentina, the U.S., and Israel. He is fluent in three languages. Read More »

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National Inhalants and Poison Prevention Week – March 20-26, 2011

Sara Bellum
March 23, 2011

"Why does that guy keep breathing into that stupid paper bag?" "Did you see that kid back there? Looks kinda’ dazed." "Oh no, I think she’s passed out. Wait, is she still breathing?" Read More »

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