NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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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.

A collection of growing khat shrubs.

Let’s Talk About Khat


Sara Bellum
April 23, 2014

Never heard of khat (pronounced “cot”)? That’s okay—not many people in the United States use it (its use isn’t measured, so we don’t know the exact numbers). Read More »

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Four people at a science fair.

Risky Business

Sara Bellum
June 15, 2010

Have you ever cut class? If so, what goes through your mind…how do you tell yourself it’s ok? And what would discourage you from doing it? Read More »

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Here is an image of a girl holding a pill.

Real Teens Ask: What Are Opioids?

Sara Bellum
June 07, 2010

Teens have a lot of questions about drugs, which is why NIDA holds an annual Drug Facts Chat Day to explain the science behind drug abuse. Read More »

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Sara Bellum Blog Policies

Sara Bellum
June 07, 2010

Thank you for visiting the Sara Bellum Blog.  Please review the following blog policies. NIDA reserves the right to update these policies at any time. Read More »

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No More Smoking: May 31, 2010

Sara Bellum
May 31, 2010

Get this: There are more than one billion smokers on planet Earth. Yep, that’s a billion people around the world whose nicotine addiction is leading to high rates of cancer and emphysema, increased air pollution and death. Read More »

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Two teenage girls laughing while working on the computer

NIDA Listens to Teens

Sara Bellum
May 25, 2010

Meet the NIDA Teen Advisory Group. This is a group of real teens who help NIDA craft messages, programs, and materials for other teens. Read More »

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