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Four icons: a person falling, two guns, cars crashing, and a skull and cross bones.

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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The Growth of the Teenage Brain From Age Four to Twenty-One

Who Has More Brain Power--You or Your Parents?

Sara Bellum
August 17, 2009

NIDA scientists are always saying that teens shouldn’t use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. But do you know why they say that? Because of scientific studies like this one by Dr. Jay Giedd, which shows that your brain won’t reach its adult potential until you’re over 20 years old. Read More »

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Jada Nicole Dalley and Sehar Anjum Salman with NIDA science fair judges

What the Heck is Third Hand Smoke?

Sara Bellum
August 14, 2009

That's what a lot of people were asking at the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno a few months ago. Two 16 year olds in San Antonio, Texas, worked together to try and find out. Read More »

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A word cloud made up of words from the 2008 NIDA Chat Day transcript

NIDA Chat Day Word Cloud

Sara Bellum
August 12, 2009

What are your biggest questions about drug abuse? What words come to mind when you think about addiction? Read More »

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Recovery.gov: The U.S. American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Logo

Stimulating Science

Sara Bellum
August 10, 2009

Remember all the noise about the bad economy and how Congress was passing a "Stimulus Act" to help? The name of this bill is the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA)". Read More »

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A diagram of the brain anatomy, highlighting the location of the brainstem. The brainstem is located between the brain and the spinal cord.

Word of the Day: Brainstem

Sara Bellum
August 05, 2009

Our bodies can do lots of things without us even thinking about it. And that’s what the Word of the Day is about. The brainstem, not surprisingly, is a “stem” that connects the brain to the spinal cord. Read More »

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