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6 Tactful Tips for Resisting Peer Pressure To Use Drugs and Alcohol

The NIDA Blog Team
March 09, 2015

Even when you are confident in your decision not to use drugs or alcohol, it can be hard when it’s your friend who is offering. Here are a few tips that may come in handy. Read More »

Marijuana Leaf.

History of Cannabis, Part 2

The NIDA Blog Team
March 05, 2015

In part 2 of this series, we’ll look at cannabis in America from Colonial times until the start of the 20th century, and lay to rest one of the biggest myths about the history of this drug. Read More »

A roomful of experts from NIDA and other government health institutes answering questions from teens about drug via computers.

Reflecting on Drug Facts Chat Day

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
March 02, 2015

Marijuana and peer pressure were two of the most popular themes during Drug Facts Chat Day—NIDA's  the main opportunity to communicate directly with young people.   Read More »

A yellow sign that says "Warning: MDMA."

Molly—New Cases of Toxic Batch Raise Awareness

The NIDA Blog Team
February 26, 2015

Illicit drugs like Molly have no safety labels. It’s a myth that Molly is “safe” because it’s pure MDMA. Powder sold as Molly can actually contain stimulants, cough medicine, ketamine, caffeine, cocaine, methamphetamine, or bath salts. It can contain whatever the person making the drug wants it to contain.  Read More »

Gymkana members balancing on chairs.

Gymkana—An Awesome Way to Steer Clear of Drugs and Alcohol

The NIDA Blog Team
February 23, 2015

One of the best ways to escape the pressure to drink alcohol or take drugs is to hang out with people that don’t use them. If you think no one shares your desire to live a healthy life—think again. You just have to know where to look. Read More »