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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.

Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD).

Reflecting on Experiences as a NIDA Fall Intern


Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD)
April 16, 2014

I am finishing my Ph.D. in May 2014 in a field housed under the umbrella of social sciences, called conflict analysis and resolution. The field provides the foundation and skills necessary to identify areas of conflict and resolve them without the need for taking legal action. Read More »

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Fruity Alcoholic Drinks

Alco-Pops: A Refreshment to Rethink

Sara Bellum
August 20, 2013

In June 2010, SBB warned teens about marketing gimmicks surrounding these alcoholic beverages. They’re still on the market, so here’s a refresher for why you should avoid them. Read More »

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“Spice” – Not as Fun as it Sounds

Sara Bellum
August 14, 2013

SBB first alerted teens to the dangers of Spice in February 2011. Check out the post below. Read More »

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Alex Rodriguez

Baseball’s Steroid Problem: Why Won’t It End?

Sara Bellum
August 07, 2013

On Monday, the news broke that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for 211 games for using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). He is appealing, but as it stands, this is the longest non-lifetime suspension in baseball to date. Read More »

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Meth-a-morphosis shows deterioration of a meth user's appearance

Meth Mouth and Crank Bugs: Meth-a-morphosis

Sara Bellum
July 31, 2013

Few SBB posts have gotten as many grossed-out reactions from readers as this one from January 2010—check out what meth does to your body and let us know in comments what you think. Read More »

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Tyson Gay

Olympians and Steroids

Sara Bellum
July 24, 2013

The lure of Olympic Gold is strong among amateur athletes all over the world. People toil from childhood for the chance to stand atop the podium and hear their national anthem playing in their honor. Read More »

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