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Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You


The NIDA Blog Team
September 22, 2014

Some people think it’s ironic that marijuana, a plant containing compounds that could treat disease, is banned by the government for being unsafe.  Read More »

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The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

Sara Bellum
April 02, 2014

More and more young people are using heroin these days, and sometimes they start using it because they’ve gotten addicted to prescription painkillers. Read More »

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Legal Marijuana and Driving: A Public Safety Problem

Sara Bellum
March 26, 2014

When you’re driving down the highway at 60 miles per hour, you need a clear head. Driving while distracted by your phone or driving under the influence of alcohol both can lead to crashes and tragedy. Read More »

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High School Seniors Are Taking Up the Hookah

Sara Bellum
March 19, 2014

NIDA’s 2013 Monitoring the Future study reported that more than 20%—that’s 1 in 5—high school seniors have used a hookah to smoke tobacco. A hookah is a pipe that burns flavored tobacco and passes the smoke through water before it is inhaled. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Serotonin

Sara Bellum
March 12, 2014

Have you ever noticed all the different emotions you experience in a normal day? For example, you can feel happy in the morning when you find out you passed your bio quiz, grumpy at noon when you haven’t eaten since breakfast, and then sad when the football team loses the big Homecoming game. Read More »

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Is Pure MDMA Safer Than Other Drugs?

Sara Bellum
March 05, 2014

One of the biggest myths about Molly—pure MDMA—is that it’s safer than other drugs. This belief is dangerous for two reasons: Read More »

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