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What is a Clinical Trial?

Sarah, NIDA Intern
May 26, 2011

My name is Sarah and before my high school senior year, I spent a summer at NIDA as an intern with the Center for Clinical Trials Network (CCTN). Never heard of it? Neither had I. Read More »

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Sara's Stats: Alcohol is Out!

Sara Bellum
May 17, 2011

We know you’ve heard how dangerous drinking alcohol is, especially if you’re underage. You might even hear from those who pressure you at parties and out-of-school gatherings that “everyone’s doing it.” But the truth is, not everyone’s doing it—take it from the scientists who know. Read More »

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Drug Free State of Mind Stars go Backstage at a GRAMMY Rehearsal

Sara Bellum
April 28, 2011

When the first-place prize was announced “you could hear the screams all the way down the hall.” That’s the word from Zac Lovett, Dae’ Vion Caves, Jordan Adkins, and Farrell Terry, who won top prize in the MusiCares® and GRAMMY Foundation's® Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest. 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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