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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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In the Game of Life, Nicotine is a Big "Scratch"

Sara Bellum
August 27, 2009

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Teen boy in his car

Four Tips to Avoid Drinking, Drugs, and Driving

Sara Bellum
August 25, 2009

Okay, say you’re at a party. The friends you came with have been drinking, but you haven’t. When it’s time to head home, you’re nervous—you’ve heard all about drunk driving and how dangerous it is. Read More »

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National HIV Testing Day - June 27

A New HIV Case every 9 ½ Minutes

Giselle, NIDA Intern
August 19, 2009

Every 9 ½ minutes: that's how often the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that someone in the U.S. gets infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the next 10 minutes, someone will get HIV—and it could be your friend or someone in your family. Read More »

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The Growth of the Teenage Brain From Age Four to Twenty-One

Who Has More Brain Power--You or Your Parents?

Sara Bellum
August 17, 2009

NIDA scientists are always saying that teens shouldn’t use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. But do you know why they say that? Because of scientific studies like this one by Dr. Jay Giedd, which shows that your brain won’t reach its adult potential until you’re over 20 years old. Read More »

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Jada Nicole Dalley and Sehar Anjum Salman with NIDA science fair judges

What the Heck is Third Hand Smoke?

Sara Bellum
August 14, 2009

That's what a lot of people were asking at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno a few months ago. Two 16 year olds in San Antonio, Texas, worked together to try and find out. Read More »

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