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A roomful of experts from NIDA and other government health institutes answering questions from teens about drug via computers.

Reflecting on Drug Facts Chat Day

Eric Wargo, NIDA Science Writer
March 02, 2015

Marijuana and peer pressure were two of the most popular themes during Drug Facts Chat Day—NIDA's  the main opportunity to communicate directly with young people.   Read More »

A yellow sign that says "Warning: MDMA."

Molly—New Cases of Toxic Batch Raise Awareness

The NIDA Blog Team
February 26, 2015

Illicit drugs like Molly have no safety labels. It’s a myth that Molly is “safe” because it’s pure MDMA. Powder sold as Molly can actually contain stimulants, cough medicine, ketamine, caffeine, cocaine, methamphetamine, or bath salts. It can contain whatever the person making the drug wants it to contain.  Read More »

Gymkana members balancing on chairs.

Gymkana—An Awesome Way to Steer Clear of Drugs and Alcohol

The NIDA Blog Team
February 23, 2015

One of the best ways to escape the pressure to drink alcohol or take drugs is to hang out with people that don’t use them. If you think no one shares your desire to live a healthy life—think again. You just have to know where to look. Read More »


10 Things You Can Learn About Marijuana on the Drugs & Health Blog

The NIDA Blog Team
February 19, 2015

Recently, the NIDA Blog Team brought the science of marijuana to life in a series of posts about the drug’s effects on your brain, perception, pets, driving, and more. Here are a few highlights! Read More »

Caffeine molecule.

Leave It to the Pros—Caffeine Is No Do-It-Yourself Project

The NIDA Blog Team
February 12, 2015

Last summer, FDA released a safety advisory about caffeine powders. Just 1 teaspoon of pure caffeine powder is equal to 25 cups of coffee—a deadly amount of coffee. Read More »