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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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Eminem and Elton John

Sara Bellum
February 19, 2010

Musician Elton John recently said he’s been helping rapper pal Eminem work through his problems with substance abuse.  Read More »

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Photo of a question mark; Image Courtesy of Lesley Mitchell

Let's Talk: First Impressions

Sara Bellum
February 04, 2010

Thanks to all the SBB readers who are leaving comments and asking questions on the Sara Bellum blog. It's time for Question #4-let us know what you think. Question #4: So, we're curious…how would you describe the Sara Bellum blog to a friend? Read More »

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This picture is showing us an inside view of the brain from the top down. It compares healthy brain activity (left side, with all the red areas) with diminished brain activity in a drug user (right side).

Word of the Day: Disease

Sara Bellum
February 02, 2010

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word disease? You might think of cancer, diabetes, or epilepsy. But do you think of drug abuse? Probably not. But, for some people, drug abuse can lead to a disease called addiction. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Relapse

Sara Bellum
January 26, 2010

Relapse…If you keep up with the SBB you know by now that addiction is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that takes hold in some people who abuse drugs. You may also know that some people can quit their drug use. But often a person will return to using drugs after they have quit. Read More »

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So... Why Do People Like Drugs?

Dr. Joe Frascella, Director of NIDA's Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
January 19, 2010

Is there something magical about drugs and alcohol with us humans? So what's our fascination and why do some of us like them so much?! Actually, before we try and answer that one, let me just say: we are not alone. Read More »

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