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Four icons: a person falling, two guns, cars crashing, and a skull and cross bones.

Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling—UPDATE


The NIDA Blog Team
September 17, 2014

In just one year there has been an increase of over 3,000 deaths from drug overdose—nearly 8%—between 2010 and 2011. More than half of those deaths (55%) are related to prescription drug abuse. Read More »

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Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA), with a student.

Colleges Offer Addiction Science Programs So Students Can Help Tackle Drug Addiction

Dr. Tricia Witte, Faculty member at the University of Alabama (UA).
April 30, 2014

Have you ever thought about a career in Addiction Science? Many teens across the country are interested in learning more about this field so they can tackle one of America's most challenging problems. Read More »

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A collection of growing khat shrubs.

Let’s Talk About Khat

Sara Bellum
April 23, 2014

Never heard of khat (pronounced “cot”)? That’s okay—not many people in the United States use it (its use isn’t measured, so we don’t know the exact numbers). Read More »

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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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Boy playing a game on his phone.

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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Man holding a needle to give a teen girl an injection.

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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