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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.

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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NIDA scientists and science writers answering high school students’ questions about drugs

What Are Teens Asking About Drugs?

Sara Bellum
November 10, 2009

November 10th is NIDA's annual DRUG FACTS CHAT DAY! In case you haven't heard of it—more than 40 NIDA scientists and science writers sit down at computers and answer questions sent in live from high school students from all over the country. Read More »

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three teen boys

Real Teens Ask: How Old Are Kids Who Start Using Drugs?

Sara Bellum
November 05, 2009

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last Drug Facts Chat Day, soccerstar0 asked: Read More »

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Young man asking a question

Covering Addiction: How Common is Drug Use in College?

Sara Bellum
November 02, 2009

Last February, NIDA held its first "Covering Addiction" Roundtable discussion for college journalists. Fifteen students from universities around Washington, D.C. picked the brains of NIDA scientists and professional health reporters, asking them about careers in science and health journalism. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Cerebellum

Sara Bellum
October 29, 2009

Our word for today is: Cerebellum Read More »

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Brian Marquis and pitcher Garrett Mock (L) and center fielder Willie Harris (R)

Real Life: Student Athlete's Battle with Steroid Abuse, Taylor's Story

Brian Marquis
October 27, 2009

Let me introduce you to Taylor-a 17-year old, high school athlete from Plano, Texas. You might be a student-athlete yourself or have friends who are student athletes, so Taylor’s story might speak especially to you. Read More »

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