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Teen Brain, a Work in Progress

Sara Bellum
September 14, 2011

Have you ever wondered why you have to be 16 to get your driver’s license or 18 to vote or 21 to legally drink alcohol? It’s partly because your brain is not ready to take on these responsibilities, since your brain is not fully developed when you’re a teen. Read More »

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The Different Angles of Addiction

Sara Bellum
September 07, 2011

You may think you know what addiction is—lots of people have many different opinions about addiction and different ways of defining it. Here are some myths you may have heard: Read More »

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Real Teens Ask about Effects of Heroin

Sara Bellum
June 17, 2011

At NIDA’s last Chat Day, we got this question from a high school student: ”Why do people scratch a lot when they are high on heroin?" Read More »

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Science for Starters: How Drugs Hijack the Brain

Sara Bellum
May 04, 2011

Joe Frascella is Director of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. He’s also an artist and musician. Read More »

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2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Addiction Science Award

How Scientists Approach Their Research

Sara Bellum
April 26, 2011

“We always start with a question…” Read More »

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