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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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Meth-a-morphosis

Meth Mouth and Crank Bugs: Meth-a-morphosis

Sara Bellum
January 11, 2010

The SBB has already told you about some of the nasty effects that methamphetamine can have on the body—remember that post about how scavengers won’t even eat the dead bodies of meth users? Read More »

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Why Research?

Real Teens Ask: Why Research?

Sara Bellum
January 07, 2010

Lots of teens have questions about drugs. Each year, NIDA scientists spend a whole day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. At the last “Drug Facts Chat Day,” “torgo” asked: Read More »

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Photo of a question mark; Image Courtesy of Lesley Mitchell

Let's Talk: SBB Wants Your Feedback

Sara Bellum
January 05, 2010

The SBB enters 2010 with excitement and hope for a great new year and, as always, we are welcoming your feedback about the Blog. Take a look at Question #3 and let us know what you think! Read More »

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Happy New Year!

Sara Bellum
December 31, 2009

Since we’re at the end of December, it’s almost time for New Year’s Resolutions. Most of those are really hard to keep, right? (like commitments to exercise more or get straight A’s). Read More »

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Quote from Harry Potter about our choices and our abilities; Image Courtesy of Garland Cannon

Real Life: The Choices We Make

Sara Bellum
December 28, 2009

A lot of celebrities are making headlines lately for all the wrong reasons. Read More »

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