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Girl pulled over in her car by the police.

A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner


The NIDA Blog Team
October 20, 2014

Police need an easy test to check if people are driving under the influence of marijuana, like they have for alcohol. Unfortunately, there isn’t one—yet. Read More »

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Let’s Talk: Blog Post Categories

Sara Bellum
February 09, 2011

By now you know that our readers’ opinions matter to us, especially when it comes to the topics we cover. Read More »

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A picture of synthetic marijuana.

“Spice” – Not as Fun as it Sounds

Sara Bellum
February 04, 2011

Spice—also known as K2, Fake Marijuana, Skunk, and other names—is a synthetic (or man-made) substance made from shredded dried plant materials and chemicals. Read More »

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Young man sleeping on homework

Word of the Day: Depressants

Sara Bellum
February 01, 2011

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “depressants?” Maybe “depressed” or “sad?” But the drugs called depressants aren’t called that because they’re depressing in the emotional sense. Read More »

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Cough syrup being poured into a cup.

Cough and Cold Medications: Use Only as Directed

Sara Bellum
January 28, 2011

Winter is here and, with it, cold season. To arm themselves, many people purchase over-the-counter drugs, which are those that don’t require a doctor’s prescription. Read More »

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Snus-You?

Sara Bellum
January 26, 2011

Smokeless tobacco is the latest nicotine-based product to drift into the marketplace and try to catch the attention of young people. Read More »

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