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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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Someone handing car keys to designated driver

Designated Driver = No Alcohol

Sara Bellum
December 05, 2013

The holiday season is upon us once again, and alcohol often is served at parties and family gatherings. Read More »

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Teen standing next to a "no drugs" sign

Meth Use Is Down, But We Still Have Work To Do

Sara Bellum
December 03, 2013

November 30 to December 7, 2013 is the first national Meth Awareness Week. Read More »

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Alaina Sonksen

Bath Salts and Fruit Flies: An Interview With Alaina Sonksen

Sara Bellum
November 27, 2013

Alaina Sonksen is a senior at Camdenton High School in Missouri. She won the 3rd place 2013 Addiction Science Award. Read More »

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A cigarette tied in a knot

The Tobacco 21 Bill: Limiting Teen Access to Tobacco

Sara Bellum
November 25, 2013

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Read More »

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Former “Jersey Shore” Star in Recovery From Painkiller Addiction

Sara Bellum
November 21, 2013

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino recently opened up about his recovery from painkiller addiction. Read More »

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