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Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for the facts about drugs. At NIDA, we learn from science—not from rumors or gossip. Ask the questions, look for the facts, and think hard about what you find out and what it means for you.

Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD).

Reflecting on Experiences as a NIDA Fall Intern


Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD)
April 16, 2014

I am finishing my Ph.D. in May 2014 in a field housed under the umbrella of social sciences, called conflict analysis and resolution. The field provides the foundation and skills necessary to identify areas of conflict and resolve them without the need for taking legal action. Read More »

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Why Research?

Real Teens Ask: Why Research?

Sara Bellum
January 07, 2010

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a whole day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last “Drug Facts Chat Day,” “torgo” asked: Read More »

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Let's Talk: SBB Wants Your Feedback

Sara Bellum
January 05, 2010

The SBB enters 2010 with excitement and hope for a great new year and, as always, we are welcoming your feedback about the Blog. Take a look at Question #3 and let us know what you think! Read More »

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Three girls celebrating a happy new year

Happy New Year!

Sara Bellum
December 31, 2009

Since we’re at the end of December, it’s almost time for New Year’s Resolutions. Most of those are really hard to keep, right? (like commitments to exercise more or get straight A’s). Read More »

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Real Life: The Choices We Make

Sara Bellum
December 28, 2009

A lot of celebrities are making headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. Read More »

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NIDA Town Hall Meeting Summary

NIDA's Virtual Town Hall

Sara Bellum
December 17, 2009

NIDA’s first-ever Virtual Town Hall on Prevention is now online! What’s a Virtual Town Hall? Read More »

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