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Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You


The NIDA Blog Team
September 22, 2014

Some people think it’s ironic that marijuana, a plant containing compounds that could treat disease, is banned by the government for being unsafe.  Read More »

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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 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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Let's Talk: Who is Your Role Model?

Sara Bellum
January 21, 2011

Everyone looks up to someone…a family member, a celebrity, or someone who has overcome hard times to succeed in life. It helps us to have a role model. Question #9: Who do you look up to? Who are your role models? Why? Read More »

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Stop Distracted Driving: Stay Alert To Stay Safe

Sara Bellum
January 19, 2011

We live in a world obsessed with multitasking—people are watching TV while texting their friends while updating their Facebook status while tweeting about the latest celebrity gossip. And some people will even multitask behind the wheel of a car—not real smart, and reeeaaally dangerous. The U.S. Read More »

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