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The NIDA Blog Team

Thank you for visiting the Drugs & Health blog.  Please review the following blog policies. NIDA reserves the right to update these policies at any time.

Privacy and Security

We respect your privacy. We do not collect any information about you personally. However, our computers do collect limited information from your computer, like the time of your visit, what internet browser you are using, and what link brought you here. You can read our complete privacy policy here.

Medical Information

It is not NIDA’s intention to provide medical advice to people about their personal drug use, but instead to provide information that helps people improve their health and their communities. NIDA urges drug users to consult with a qualified physician who can diagnose problems and answer personal medical questions. To get immediate help with a drug problem, call 1–800–662–HELP, or visit to find a treatment provider near you.

Comment Policy

(updated 8/7/15)

The purpose of the Drugs & Health Blog is to discuss the science of addiction and drug abuse. We welcome your comments and ideas. We want to hear what questions you have about drugs as well as your concerns.

Comments posted to the Drugs & Health Blog are from the general public and may contain inaccurate information. They do not represent the views of NIDA or any other federal government entity.

For this blog community to be a friendly place for everyone, we have some ground rules. Most importantly, we expect that everyone will treat each other with respect. Please use common sense when commenting. We moderate all comments before they are posted. Because comments are moderated, there may be a slight delay before your comment appears on the site. If you don't want to comment, you can use the star system to rate each post, or you can tell us how we're doing using this form.

Comments will NOT be posted if they or the usernames they are posted under:

  • Are uncivil or contain vulgar language, personal insults, or offensive comments about other organizations and people, including their ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, intelligence, or any other personal attacks. Debate and disagreement are welcome, but mutual respect and politeness must be maintained.
  • Are spam (promoting any commercial services or products), are off topic, or make unsupported scientific or medical claims. Comments that include a link or URL to a personal or commercial Web site will not be posted.
  • Promote behaviors that are inappropriate, illegal, or unsafe for teens, including illegal drug use. We will not post comments that support breaking the law.
  • Include information like phone numbers, email addresses, etc. You should never include any personal information about yourself (such as your phone number, photo, or address) in comments you post to a blog.


The Drugs & Health blog includes links to additional information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals, such as universities, scientific journals, news groups, and health organizations. The Drugs & Health blog provides these links to connect you with added information that you may find interesting. If you click the link, you will leave Drugs & Health and the NIDA for Teens website.

  • When you leave our website, you will have to follow the privacy and security policies of the owners or sponsors of the outside website.
  • NIDA and the Drugs & Health blog do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website.
  • NIDA and the Drugs & Health blog do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, the views they express, or the products or services they offer.
  • NIDA and the Drugs & Health blog cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. You must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.
  • NIDA and the Drugs & Health blog are not responsible for interactions between our users and linked websites.
  • NIDA and the Drugs & Health blog do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Criteria for Guest Bloggers

(updated 6/25/15)

The purpose of the NIDA Drugs & Health Blog is to educate teens about scientific findings on the health consequences of drug use. Guest bloggers can expand the blog’s coverage of these science-based findings, and/or can bring a personal perspective to the issues related to drug use in adolescents. 

When selecting guest bloggers, NIDA uses the criteria below as a guide. However, NIDA reserves final approval on all guest bloggers, posts, and publication decisions.

Primary Criteria:

  • Posts must be from organizations or individuals with whom NIDA has a significant partnership.
  • Neither the blog nor its posts promote or endorse any treatment programs or facilities, or any other commercial brand or enterprise.

Secondary Criteria:

  • All posts on the NIDA Drugs & Health Blog are written for teens and should address this audience specifically and directly, with their interests and needs in mind.
  • Resources linked in blog posts must be NIH/HHS properties, and/or feature science-based facts or findings on the topic of the blog post. Linking to resources that do not meet these criteria is at the discretion of NIDA.

Blog posts are 300–600 words long, may be edited for publication, and may attract comments (positive or negative) by site visitors. 

Media Policy

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the NIDA Office of Science Policy and Communications through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions through the Drugs & Health blog or NIDA for Teens website. Media questions will not be answered through this channel.


Government information presented on the Drugs & Health blog is available for your use. It may be freely distributed and copied, but please link to us and acknowledge us as the source, so more people can find our blog.

All images generated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—including images that are labeled “NIDA” or “NIH” — are available for your use and can be freely reused; again, we always appreciate being credited as the source.

We also use illustrations, photographs, and/or other resources contributed by or licensed from private sources, companies, or organizations that may be protected by copyright laws. In these cases, please request permission for reuse directly from the source/copyright holder.

Materials downloaded from NIH cannot be used to misrepresent our agency or imply that NIH endorses any commercial or private product, service, or activity.

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The NIDA Blog Team
Office of Science Policy and Communications
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Comments posted to the Drugs & Health Blog are from the general public and may contain inaccurate information. They do not represent the views of NIDA or any other federal government entity.