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The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction


The NIDA Blog Team
October 23, 2014

Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. Read More »

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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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It’s Time to Commit to Stopping the Spread of HIV

The NIDA Blog Team
October 15, 2014

October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Despite making up only 16% of the U.S. population, Hispanic/Latinos account for 21% of the 50,000 new HIV infections in this country every day.     Read More »

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2014 Intel Addiction Science winners visit NIDA (from left to right): Carol Krause, NIDA Public Information and Liaison Branch Chief; Dr. William Dewey, Chair, Friends of NIDA; Aakash Jain; Lily Wei Lee; Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director; Alexandra Ulmer; Sarayu Caulfield; Dr. Sheri Grabus, NIDA Press Officer.

Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research

The NIDA Blog Team
October 09, 2014

NIDA’s 2014 Addiction Science Award winners tackled emerging topics in addiction science and impressed the judges with their desire to help improve lives. Read More »

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Colorado’s Answer to Marijuana’s Makeover

The NIDA Blog Team
October 06, 2014

The rise of medical marijuana—and the legalization of marijuana in two states—has begun to change marijuana’s reputation. Read More »

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Stephen Strasburg’s Commitment To Quit Tobacco

The NIDA Blog Team
October 02, 2014

Quitting tobacco, whether it’s smokeless or cigarettes, is not something you do on a whim. You have to want to quit and to make a plan for how you are going to get through those first couple of weeks. Read More »

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