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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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E-Cig Popularity on the Rise


Sara Bellum
July 09, 2014

As states continue to pass laws that restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this post from 2013 explores why they've become so popular with teens. Read More »

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Like an Olympian: What Makes a Person Successful?

Sara Bellum
February 12, 2014

This week, the world is watching as athletes from around the globe compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The measure of success for Olympians is very clear: They must be the best athlete in their sport. They must move the fastest, go the farthest, or score the most points. Read More »

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Can a Pill Improve Your Grades?

Sara Bellum
February 06, 2014

Some people think taking prescription stimulants can mean more As on their report cards. Read More »

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sara Bellum
February 03, 2014

We are saddened by the death of award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose. Read More »

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Monitoring the Future 2013

Share the Latest Stats During National Drug Facts Week

Sara Bellum
January 30, 2014

During National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), communities across the country are shattering the myths about drug abuse and addiction. Read More »

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Christa Reuter

Shattering the Myths: Q & A With an NDFW Participant

Sara Bellum
January 29, 2014

Christa Reuter is a 21-year-old carpentry vocation student at the Great Onyx Job Corps in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky. She has completed the program and will begin her new job soon. Read More »

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