NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for the facts about drugs. At NIDA, we learn from science—not from rumors or gossip. Ask the questions, look for the facts, and think hard about what you find out and what it means for you.

A collection of growing khat shrubs.

Let’s Talk About Khat


Sara Bellum
April 23, 2014

Never heard of khat (pronounced “cot”)? That’s okay—not many people in the United States use it (its use isn’t measured, so we don’t know the exact numbers). Read More »

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NIDA Town Hall Meeting Summary

NIDA's Virtual Town Hall

Sara Bellum
December 17, 2009

NIDA’s first-ever Virtual Town Hall on Prevention is now online! What’s a Virtual Town Hall? Read More »

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Student group picture; Image Courtesy of David McKay

NIDA News: Back to the Future?

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA
December 14, 2009

It's that time of year again-time to announce the results of NIDA's annual Monitoring the Future survey. For the 34th year, researchers went into classrooms all over the country and asked young people to fill out surveys about their drug use. Read More »

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Graphic: "We've come a long way since then!"

Smoking: Then and Now

Sara Bellum
December 09, 2009

What we know about drug abuse evolves over time. This is true for smoking and tobacco addiction, too. We know much more now than we did 100, 40, or even 10 years ago. Read More »

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NIDA’s DRUG FACTS CHAT DAY 2009 Transcript Is Now Online; Image Courtesy of ICF Macro

NIDA's DRUG FACTS CHAT DAY 2009—Transcript Is Now Online

Sara Bellum
December 08, 2009

What do kids want to know about drugs if no one is watching them write the questions? See for yourself! NIDA's DRUG FACTS CHAT DAY transcript is now online. NIDA scientists and staff answered hundreds of questions from teens all over the country. You can read some sample questions below. Read More »

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The SBB wants your feedback; Image Courtesy of Lesley Mitchell

Let's Talk: SBB Wants Your Feedback

Sara Bellum
December 03, 2009

Hey, SBB readers, are you ready for round two? We sure hope so. Read More »

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