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Medicines or Poisons?—Why Cannabinoids Can Both Help and Hurt You


The NIDA Blog Team
September 22, 2014

Some people think it’s ironic that marijuana, a plant containing compounds that could treat disease, is banned by the government for being unsafe.  Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Can Your Brain Size Change From Drug Use?

Sara Bellum
July 20, 2009

At NIDA's last Drug Facts Chat Day, mendythepenty asked this question: "is it possible that you do so much drugs, that your brain can change into the size of a pea?" Read More »

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Steroids: More than Meets the Eye

Sara Bellum
July 17, 2009

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Michael Jackson: News We'd Rather Not Have

Sara Bellum
July 14, 2009

After the news hit about the death of Michael Jackson and all the speculation about his possible prescription drug use, the NIDA press office phones rang off the hook. Why? News reporters wanted information on prescription drug misuse and abuse. Read More »

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Dating is hard enough already--why make it harder?

Sara Bellum
July 08, 2009

Never underestimate the power of a bright white smile. NIDA’s 2008 Monitoring the Future Survey found that the vast majority of teens—75% of high school seniors—would “prefer to date people who don’t smoke.” Read More »

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Binge Drinking Matters--To Your Brain

Sara Bellum
July 08, 2009

I'm sure you've heard that abusing alcohol hurts your health. But how many years of drinking do you think it takes to visibly affect your brain? Ten years? Twenty? Read More »

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