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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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E-Cig Popularity on the Rise


Sara Bellum
July 09, 2014

As states continue to pass laws that restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this post from 2013 explores why they've become so popular with teens. Read More »

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Go Backstage at the Grammys—Enter to Win

Sara Bellum
September 23, 2010

Want to celebrate healthy attitudes and lifestyles? Have something to say about drug use and abuse? Read More »

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Get the Download on Drugs: Help Us Shatter the Myths!

Sara Bellum
September 20, 2010

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Real Teens Ask: Why Do Teens Who Smoke Think They Are So Cool?

Sara Bellum
September 14, 2010

Many teens have questions about drugs. On Drug Facts Chat Day, NIDA scientists get to listen in and answer these questions from students all across the country. Read More »

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What do the Washington Redskins, NIDA, and the Greek Gods have in common?

Sara Bellum
September 13, 2010

Many of us have strong opinions about athletes using steroids to short cut their way to being stronger or faster. But it’s not just us—it’s also the 30-plus thousands of coaches and schools who use the ATLAS and ATHENA models in their sports programs. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What are stimulants?

Sara Bellum
August 31, 2010

In a recent Drug Facts Chat Day, freeman-jones of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, Maryland asked: Can taking Ritalin help you if you have not been prescribed Ritalin? Read More »

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