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Teen Friendships Rely—but Don’t Depend—on Technology

The NIDA Blog Team
November 16, 2015

Technology isn't removing personal interaction from teens’ social lives; it's expanding the ways interaction can happen. Read More »


Not So Sweet: Bees May Be ‘Addicted’ to Harmful Pesticides

The NIDA Blog Team
October 14, 2015

Believe it or not, the bee crisis—and possible solutions to it—may be closely connected to the subject of drugs. Read More »

An illustration of DNA

Marijuana & Psychosis

The NIDA Blog Team
June 02, 2015

You may know that marijuana can pose risks for a person’s physical health. But for some people, it carries risks for their mental health, too. Read More »

A drawing that shows the electrical impulses in the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury, Drug Addiction, and the Developing Teen Brain

The NIDA Blog Team
March 19, 2015

TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries, pose higher risks for the developing brain because it is not as formed as it will be in a few years. This is also one of the reasons that using drugs as a teen increases the chances for addiction. Read More »

NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. at TedMed

Obesity and Drug Addiction: The Brain Connection TedMed Talk by NIDA Director

The NIDA Blog Team
January 29, 2015

Many tasty foods trigger a burst of the brain chemical called dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit that is similar to what some drugs produce. Over time, the reward circuit can get less sensitive to the dopamine—it needs the constant dopamine surge from fattening food.  Read More »