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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.

Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD).

Reflecting on Experiences as a NIDA Fall Intern


Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD)
April 16, 2014

I am finishing my Ph.D. in May 2014 in a field housed under the umbrella of social sciences, called conflict analysis and resolution. The field provides the foundation and skills necessary to identify areas of conflict and resolve them without the need for taking legal action. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: How Old Are Kids Who Start Using Drugs?

Sara Bellum
November 05, 2009

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last Drug Facts Chat Day, soccerstar0 asked: Read More »

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Covering Addiction: How Common is Drug Use in College?

Sara Bellum
November 02, 2009

Last February, NIDA held its first "Covering Addiction" Roundtable discussion for college journalists. Fifteen students from universities around Washington, D.C. picked the brains of NIDA scientists and professional health reporters, asking them about careers in science and health journalism. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Cerebellum

Sara Bellum
October 29, 2009

Our word for today is: Cerebellum Read More »

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Brian Marquis and pitcher Garrett Mock (L) and center fielder Willie Harris (R)

Real Life: Student Athlete's Battle with Steroid Abuse, Taylor's Story

Brian Marquis
October 27, 2009

Let me introduce you to Taylor-a 17-year old, high school athlete from Plano, Texas. You might be a student-athlete yourself or have friends who are student athletes, so Taylor’s story might speak especially to you. Read More »

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NIDA’s Dr. Nora Volkow (far left) joins in holding the banner for the “A&E Recovery Rally” walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, held September 12, in NYC. Image Courtesy of A&E Entertainment

A Bridge to Recovery

Sara Bellum
October 22, 2009

Question: What happens when 10,000 people in recovery from drug abuse and addiction get together to celebrate their sobriety? Answer: Inspiration! Read More »

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