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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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“Left-Brained” or “Right-Brained”? It’s Not That Simple After All

Sara Bellum
June 04, 2014

Science has just revealed … (wait for it …) You need your whole brain! Sounds obvious enough, but it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “He’s awesome at taking tests, he must be left-brained.” Or, “She’s a really good painter—she must be right-brained.” Read More »

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Molly, Spice, and Orange Crush: Slang for Dangerous Drugs

Sara Bellum
May 28, 2014

You overhear two girls talking about last night’s concert, when one says to the other “I can’t believe she took 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine!” Oh, wait. That would never happen, right? Probably because “Molly,” the nickname given to MDMA, sounds hip and harmless compared to its actual name—which sounds like what it is, a chemical that you shouldn’t put in your body... Read More »

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Pharmacies and Tobacco: Selling a Contradiction

Sara Bellum
May 21, 2014

Even though drugs can make you high, there’s no doubt that talking about them and all of the terrible things that they can do to your health and your life is a bit of a downer. But there is some good news in the world. Read More »

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Spice Is Not Fake Marijuana—Not Even Close

Sara Bellum
May 14, 2014

Spice, also known as K2 or “synthetic (manmade) marijuana,” is not nice. Read More »

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Image of a teenage boy with text saying, "Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers started before they were 18."

What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

Sara Bellum
May 07, 2014

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »

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