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It’s Time to Commit to Stopping the Spread of HIV

The NIDA Blog Team
October 15, 2014

October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Despite making up only 16% of the U.S. population, Hispanic/Latinos account for 21% of the 50,000 new HIV infections in this country every day.     Read More »

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Alcohol: The Friend Factor

Sara Bellum
June 18, 2014

Friends can influence your opinion about music, fashion—and alcohol. In this updated post from 2013, NIDA provides strategies for staying true to yourself and avoiding peer pressure. Read More »

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What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

Sara Bellum
May 07, 2014

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »

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Like an Olympian: What Makes a Person Successful?

Sara Bellum
February 12, 2014

This week, the world is watching as athletes from around the globe compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The measure of success for Olympians is very clear: They must be the best athlete in their sport. They must move the fastest, go the farthest, or score the most points. Read More »

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Words Can Hurt: Drug Rumors and Stigma

Sara Bellum
January 15, 2014

In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, not a day goes by that some news or gossip site isn’t wondering about who’s using drugs or trying to quit using them. Read More »

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