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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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Degrassi on Teen Nick

Sara Bellum
October 10, 2009

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Real Teens Ask: Do Many Kids in High School Do Drugs?

Sara Bellum
October 05, 2009

Questions about drugs? Lots of teens are asking. That's why each year NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. Read More »

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Are You In or Are You Out? What Does it Mean to be Cool?

Sara Bellum
October 01, 2009

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Word of the Day: Dopamine

Sara Bellum
September 29, 2009

Imagine this: You're playing basketball; it's the last quarter. In fact, you only have 30 seconds to make the winning shot. You shoot, it soars through the air, you hear the buzzer go off...and then you see the swoosh. You just won the game for your team. How do you feel? Read More »

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How To Help a Friend in Need

Sara Bellum
September 24, 2009

Figuring out what to do when a friend or someone you know is having trouble with drugs or alcohol can be tricky. You want to help, but you might not know how to bring it up. Here are some tips. Read More »

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