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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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A Day at the Movies: The Harmful Effects of Marijuana

Sara Bellum
August 03, 2009

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Comorbidity, a Word for Thought...

Giselle, NIDA Intern
July 31, 2009

“Comorbidity” is a strange word, right? Well, at least for me it was. I have to admit it that it was the first scientific word I learned during my internship here at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)–my Spanish accent still gives me a hard time pronouncing it. Read More »

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Meth Dead Don't Get Eaten

Sara Bellum
July 28, 2009

That's what 17 year old Daniel Jeffrey Martin from Desert Vista High School heard from his mom one day while driving near a piece of the desert near his home town of Phoenix, Arizona. "Huh?" he asked. Read More »

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A Summer at NIDA!

Giselle, NIDA Intern
July 23, 2009

My name is Giselle and I’m from the enchanting island of Puerto Rico. This summer I’m doing an internship at the Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Can Your Brain Size Change From Drug Use?

Sara Bellum
July 20, 2009

At NIDA's last Drug Facts Chat Day, mendythepenty asked this question: "is it possible that you do so much drugs, that your brain can change into the size of a pea?" Read More »

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