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About Drugs & Health: NIDA's Blog for Teens

The NIDA Blog Team

Applying the Science of Drug Abuse to Real Life

Here at NIDA, we learn from science—not from rumors or gossip. We have thousands of researchers around the world who study drug addiction and come up with ways to help people recover and live healthy lives. Every day, scientists and physicians discover more about how drugs affect your brain and body. You owe it to yourself to ask the right questions, look for the facts, and think hard about what you find out and what it means for you. We're here to help you do that.


Meet the NIDA Blog Team

The Drugs & Health blog is written by a team of NIDA scientists, science writers, educators, and teens. We connect you with the latest scientific research and news, so you can use that info to make healthy, smart decisions.  Meet some of our frequent contributors: 

Ruben Baler, Ph.D

Ruben is from Argentina, fan of soccer and the Boca Juniors.  He did his undergraduate studies in Israel and he enjoys studying the neurobiology of pleasure. He has two kids, so when he lectures about the neuroscience of risky behaviors, he talks from personal experience.

Ericka Boone, Ph.D.

Ericka is an expert at understanding how drugs affect the brain and behavior.  As a research scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she conducted research on how chemicals in the brain help to shape the way humans bond with their mates and babies. 

Elisabeth Davis, M.P.H

Elisabeth leads NIDA’s educational outreach to teens by overseeing the NIDA for Teens website and Heads Up Real News About Drugs and Your Body publications project, a partnership with Scholastic Inc.  She has devoted her career to helping people learn about preventable causes of death and disease so they can make healthy choices for themselves.  She is a runner, a mom of two, and a big fan of green mountains and blue oceans.

Michele Rankin, Ph.D.

Michele writes about how NIDA research is tackling the problems associated with drug abuse and finding better ways to prevent them. She is originally from Louisiana and loves cooking healthy Cajun cuisine (gumbo, crawfish etouffee), snow skiing, and traveling.

Eric Wargo, Ph.D.

Eric is a writer who specializes in making complicated scientific research understandable and enjoyable for non-scientists. He has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and in his spare time he enjoys camping, martial arts, and watching old science fiction movies.

Sara Bellum

The Drugs & Health blog was formally known as the Sara Bellum Blog. Sara, a persona that represented the combined effort of several writers, guided readers through the science of drug abuse from July 2009 - September 2014. 


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