NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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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.

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Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?


Sara Bellum
April 09, 2014

Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. Read More »

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Word of the Day: "AIDS"

Sara Bellum
October 15, 2009

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It’s a disease caused by the HIV virus, which breaks down the body’s immune system, or our natural defenses against disease. Read More »

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Flavored Cigarettes

Who Gets Fooled by Flavors?

Sara Bellum
October 13, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (known by most people as the "FDA") has banned cigarettes with flavors that make them taste like fruit, candy, or clove. Read More »

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Degrassi on Teen Nick

Sara Bellum
October 10, 2009

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Real Teens Ask: Do Many Kids in High School Do Drugs?

Sara Bellum
October 05, 2009

Questions about drugs? Lots of teens are asking. That's why each year NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. Read More »

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Are You In or Are You Out? What Does it Mean to be Cool?

Sara Bellum
October 01, 2009

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