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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.

A collection of growing khat shrubs.

Let’s Talk About Khat


Sara Bellum
April 23, 2014

Never heard of khat (pronounced “cot”)? That’s okay—not many people in the United States use it (its use isn’t measured, so we don’t know the exact numbers). Read More »

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Room full of teens having fun

Alcohol Awareness Month: Throw a Party!

Sara Bellum
April 13, 2010

An alcohol-free party, that is. Every April—which is Alcohol Awareness Month—people take a moment to learn about the dangers of abusing alcohol. For those under 21, taking even one drink is illegal—never mind unhealthy. Read More »

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The Healthiest Nation in One Generation?

Sara Bellum
April 05, 2010

Today kicks off National Public Health Week, April 5–11, 2010. This means that governments, businesses, schools, and community organizations across the county will be promoting lifestyles and policies that support and improve people's health. Read More »

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Kerri Strug

Real Athletes Break Records Not Rules

Sara Bellum
April 01, 2010

“You can do it!” and a sprained ankle were what Olympic gymnast, Kerri Strug, took with her to the mat as she landed the vault to help win Team USA’s first women’s gymnastics gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. Read More »

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Distorted and fuzzy image of spray cans

March is National Inhalants Month

Sara Bellum
March 29, 2010

We get a lot of comments and questions about what drugs do to your brain, including chemicals that people sniff to get high. Read More »

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image of Euphoria

Word of the Day: Euphoria

Sara Bellum
March 24, 2010

Euphoria: A feeling of well-being or elation. Read More »

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