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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.

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E-Cig Popularity on the Rise


Sara Bellum
July 09, 2014

As states continue to pass laws that restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this post from 2013 explores why they've become so popular with teens. Read More »

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Hookah surrounded by tobacco smoke.

High School Seniors Are Taking Up the Hookah

Sara Bellum
March 19, 2014

NIDA’s 2013 Monitoring the Future study reported that more than 20%—that’s 1 in 5—high school seniors have used a hookah to smoke tobacco. A hookah is a pipe that burns flavored tobacco and passes the smoke through water before it is inhaled. Read More »

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The serotonin neuron showing serotonin and serotonin receptors.

Word of the Day: Serotonin

Sara Bellum
March 12, 2014

Have you ever noticed all the different emotions you experience in a normal day? For example, you can feel happy in the morning when you find out you passed your bio quiz, grumpy at noon when you haven’t eaten since breakfast, and then sad when the football team loses the big Homecoming game. Read More »

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Teens handing each other drugs

Is Pure MDMA Safer Than Other Drugs?

Sara Bellum
March 05, 2014

One of the biggest myths about Molly—pure MDMA—is that it’s safer than other drugs. This belief is dangerous for two reasons: Read More »

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Macklemore performing in Toronto during The Heist Tour.

Macklemore Talks Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery

Sara Bellum
February 26, 2014

“I wanted to get clean. Read More »

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Nora D. Volkow, M.D., NIDA Director

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death and the Terrible Toll of Addiction

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., NIDA Director
February 19, 2014

In early February, movie fans lost another great talent to heroin. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who starred as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, died at age 46 of an apparent heroin overdose. Read More »

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