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The Different Angles of Addiction

Sara Bellum
September 07, 2011

You may think you know what addiction is—lots of people have many different opinions about addiction and different ways of defining it. Here are some myths you may have heard: Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Drugs and Socializing

Sara Bellum
September 01, 2011

Being a teen is tricky, and sometimes we all wish for a quick fix when we’re feeling awkward or out of place. At NIDA’s last Chat Day, we got this question from a middle school student in Maryland: Read More »

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Cigarettes Versus the Scale

Sara Bellum
August 30, 2011

Have you ever heard friends say they’d like to quit smoking, but they are afraid they’ll gain weight if they stop? Read More »

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Not LOKO for Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Sara Bellum
August 26, 2011

You may remember that a while back, SBB addressed an unhealthy new fad—energy drinks. Read More »

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Blast from the Past: "Just Say No"

Sara Bellum
August 24, 2011

In 1982, then-First Lady Nancy Reagan launched an anti-drug campaign famously known as “Just say no.” While many people—including public health experts—believed the message was an important one to get out to teens, others thought it was way too simplistic and would not appeal to them. Read More »