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The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction


The NIDA Blog Team
October 23, 2014

Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. Read More »

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Molly, Spice, and Orange Crush: Slang for Dangerous Drugs

Sara Bellum
May 28, 2014

You overhear two girls talking about last night’s concert, when one says to the other “I can’t believe she took 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine!” Oh, wait. That would never happen, right? Probably because “Molly,” the nickname given to MDMA, sounds hip and harmless compared to its actual name—which sounds like what it is, a chemical that you shouldn’t put in your body... Read More »

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Pharmacies and Tobacco: Selling a Contradiction

Sara Bellum
May 21, 2014

Even though drugs can make you high, there’s no doubt that talking about them and all of the terrible things that they can do to your health and your life is a bit of a downer. But there is some good news in the world. Read More »

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Spice Is Not Fake Marijuana—Not Even Close

Sara Bellum
May 14, 2014

Spice, also known as K2 or “synthetic (manmade) marijuana,” is not nice. Read More »

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What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

Sara Bellum
May 07, 2014

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »

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Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA), with a student.

Colleges Offer Addiction Science Programs So Students Can Help Tackle Drug Addiction

Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA).
April 30, 2014

Have you ever thought about a career in Addiction Science? Many teens across the country are interested in learning more about this field so they can tackle one of America's most challenging problems. Read More »

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