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Girl pulled over in her car by the police.

A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner


The NIDA Blog Team
October 20, 2014

Police need an easy test to check if people are driving under the influence of marijuana, like they have for alcohol. Unfortunately, there isn’t one—yet. Read More »

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The serotonin neuron showing serotonin and serotonin receptors.

Word of the Day: Serotonin

Sara Bellum
March 12, 2014

Have you ever noticed all the different emotions you experience in a normal day? For example, you can feel happy in the morning when you find out you passed your bio quiz, grumpy at noon when you haven’t eaten since breakfast, and then sad when the football team loses the big Homecoming game. Read More »

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Teens handing each other drugs

Is Pure MDMA Safer Than Other Drugs?

Sara Bellum
March 05, 2014

One of the biggest myths about Molly—pure MDMA—is that it’s safer than other drugs. This belief is dangerous for two reasons: Read More »

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Macklemore performing in Toronto during The Heist Tour.

Macklemore Talks Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery

Sara Bellum
February 26, 2014

“I wanted to get clean. Read More »

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Nora D. Volkow, M.D., NIDA Director

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death and the Terrible Toll of Addiction

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., NIDA Director
February 19, 2014

In early February, movie fans lost another great talent to heroin. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who starred as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, died at age 46 of an apparent heroin overdose. Read More »

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Olympic Skier

Like an Olympian: What Makes a Person Successful?

Sara Bellum
February 12, 2014

This week, the world is watching as athletes from around the globe compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The measure of success for Olympians is very clear: They must be the best athlete in their sport. They must move the fastest, go the farthest, or score the most points. Read More »

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