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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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Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?


Sara Bellum
July 16, 2014

Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. Read More »

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Happy New Year!

Sara Bellum
December 31, 2009

Since we’re at the end of December, it’s almost time for New Year’s Resolutions. Most of those are really hard to keep, right? (like commitments to exercise more or get straight A’s). Read More »

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Real Life: The Choices We Make

Sara Bellum
December 28, 2009

A lot of celebrities are making headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. Read More »

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NIDA Town Hall Meeting Summary

NIDA's Virtual Town Hall

Sara Bellum
December 17, 2009

NIDA’s first-ever Virtual Town Hall on Prevention is now online! What’s a Virtual Town Hall? Read More »

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NIDA News: Back to the Future?

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA
December 14, 2009

It's that time of year again-time to announce the results of NIDA's annual Monitoring the Future survey. For the 34th year, researchers went into classrooms all over the country and asked young people to fill out surveys about their drug use. Read More »

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Smoking: Then and Now

Sara Bellum
December 09, 2009

What we know about drug abuse evolves over time. This is true for smoking and tobacco addiction, too. We know much more now than we did 100, 40, or even 10 years ago. Read More »

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