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Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling—UPDATE


The NIDA Blog Team
September 17, 2014

In just one year there has been an increase of over 3,000 deaths from drug overdose—nearly 8%—between 2010 and 2011. More than half of those deaths (55%) are related to prescription drug abuse. Read More »

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How Does Cocaine Work? It's Partly In Your Genes

Sara Bellum
September 21, 2009

You probably know that your genes help make you who you are. Except for identical twins, everyone has a slightly different set of genes, and when our genes interact with our environment, that’s what makes us unique individuals. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Can drugs give you viruses?

Sara Bellum
September 17, 2009

At NIDA's last Drug Facts Chat Day, Razorfang asked this question: "can you get viruses from drugs?" Read More »

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Dr. Nora Volkow Shakes Up Harlem

Sara Bellum
September 15, 2009

What do you want first, the good news or the bad news? Whenever a conversation starts this way, you know things are going to get interesting. Read More »

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Four Reasons Not To Smoke

Sara Bellum
September 10, 2009

Have you noticed that a lot of restaurants don't have indoor smoking sections anymore? More and more cities, counties, and entire states are banning indoor smoking. People everywhere are getting the message: smoking causes disease and death. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What Types of Drugs are High School Students Using?

Sara Bellum
September 03, 2009

ots of teens have questions about drugs. That’s why each year, NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At NIDA’s last Drug Facts Chat Day, ham223 asked this question: Read More »

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