NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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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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Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?


Sara Bellum
April 09, 2014

Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. 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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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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Word of the Day: Euphoria

Sara Bellum
March 24, 2010

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

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Doctor holding brain.

Brain Awareness Week: Smart Brains, Sneaky Drugs

Sara Bellum
March 16, 2010

Here at NIDA, we can't learn enough about the brain. Other scientists are brain-obsessed too-there's even a Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to spread the word about the progress and benefits of brain research. Read More »

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Caffeine molecule filled with the logos of popular energy drinks

Energy Drinks: A Boost in the Wrong Direction?

Sara Bellum
March 11, 2010

Energy drinks—You see them at X Games events, basketball arenas, and rock concerts. You can even “fan” some of them on Facebook. What these brands don’t tell you, and what science is now showing us, is that their drinks can really be unhealthy. Read More »

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