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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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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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Let's Talk: Guest Posts

Sara Bellum
May 04, 2010

We’re delighted to have so many engaged SBB readers, including those of you who vote on posts, leave us comments and send us messages. Since we’ve launched this blog, we’ve had well over a million page views and hundreds of comments. Read More »

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What Was Down that Rabbit Hole, Alice?

Sara Bellum
April 27, 2010

Talking rabbits who are always late, Mad Hatter tea parties, a grinning cat: enter the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s classic book of childhood imagination. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask About Marijuana

Sara Bellum
April 23, 2010

In a recent Drug Facts Chat Day, Jiacalone_01 from Cashmere High School in Washington asked: What percentage of 9th graders smoke marijuana? Read More »

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“Blending” Research and Real Life

Sara Bellum
April 21, 2010

In April NIDA is having its “Blending” conference. No, this is not a conference about smoothies…So what does “Blending” mean to NIDA? Read More »

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Word of the Day: Neuroscience

Sara Bellum
April 15, 2010

Your school probably has science classes like biology and chemistry and maybe even ecology, but does it offer a class specifically on neuroscience? Read More »

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