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Real Life: SBB Readers Share Personal Stories

Sara Bellum
December 08, 2011

Several SBB readers have submitted personal stories about their experiences—or their families' experiences—with addiction. We offer these stories to give you an inside view of how drug addiction can affect people's lives. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Why Take Drugs?

Sara Bellum
September 30, 2011

During NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day 2010, young people asked a lot of great questions. One really basic question came from a student in Pennsylvania: Why do people take drugs? Read More »

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - What You Can Do

Sara Bellum
April 19, 2011

Sometimes we make jokes about our mental health, but serious mental illness is a real problem among young people in this country. Did you know that an estimated 4.5 to 6.3 million youth in the United States face mental health challenges? Read More »

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Addiction For Real

Sara Bellum
April 14, 2011

If you were the producer of a crime show on TV, and your police officer character was a chain smoker, how would you write the scene where he chases a criminal down the street? A chain smoker would probably be winded, because of less lung room. So you’d show him panting and out of breath. Read More »

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Taking Care of Business in Wyoming

Sara Bellum
August 16, 2010

It’s hard to keep good news a secret. Some organizations think they can work “hush-hush” without us noticing, but at NIDA, we’re always on the lookout for people and places that are doing a new thing. Read More »

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