NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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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.

Boy playing a game on his phone.

Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?


Sara Bellum
April 09, 2014

Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. Read More »

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Students and Washington Redskins players

What do the Washington Redskins, NIDA, and the Greek Gods have in common?

Sara Bellum
September 13, 2010

Many of us have strong opinions about athletes using steroids to short cut their way to being stronger or faster. But it’s not just us—it’s also the 30-plus thousands of coaches and schools who use the ATLAS and ATHENA models in their sports programs. Read More »

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Text - Got Speed?

Real Teens Ask: What are stimulants?

Sara Bellum
August 31, 2010

In a recent Drug Facts Chat Day, freeman-jones of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, Maryland asked: Can taking Ritalin help you if you have not been prescribed Ritalin? Read More »

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Shoe Crushing Cigarette

New Rules for Cigarette Companies

Sara Bellum
August 31, 2010

As the 1-year anniversary of the signing of the Tobacco Control Act approaches, new rules that let the Government regulate tobacco products are going into effect. Read More »

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SBB Attends International AIDS Conference

Sara Bellum
August 26, 2010

SBB attended the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, and wow, what an experience! More than 20,000 people from all over the world came together in one place to discuss the progress being made in preventing and treating HIV and AIDS. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Will Drugs Hurt an Unborn Baby?

Sara Bellum
August 24, 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. Read More »

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