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Cigarettes: More Dangerous Than Before

The NIDA Blog Team
November 20, 2014

The U.S. Surgeon General says that cigarettes are more harmful now than in the 1950s because tobacco companies have added more toxic chemicals. Read More »

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A series of pictures from the infographic that depicts how cocaine and germs contaminate our money.

Dirty Money: How Cocaine and Germs Contaminate Our Cash

The NIDA Blog Team
November 06, 2014

One bill with cocaine on it can contaminate an entire cash drawer or ATM. It’s a little like someone with a cold—if he or she sneezes on you, the chances are good that you’ll catch what the individual has. Read More »

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The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

The NIDA Blog Team
October 23, 2014

Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. Read More »

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Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving—A New Twist on a Deadly Decision

The NIDA Blog Team
September 10, 2014

Drugged driving is a major problem. A recent study found that more high school seniors and college students that drove impaired or with an impaired driver were under the influence of marijuana, not alcohol. Read More »

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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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