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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 field of poppy plants.

Real Teens Ask: What Are the Different Types of Opioids?


Sara Bellum
July 16, 2014

Learn more about the different types of opioids in this updated post from 2013. Read More »

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Woman using an electronic cigarette.

E-Cig Popularity on the Rise

Sara Bellum
November 07, 2013

Cigarette smoking among American teenagers dropped to a record low in 2012. But are teens turning to a new alternative known as “e-cigarettes”? Read More »

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Teen talking to friend about drug abuse.

Real Teens Ask: How Can I Help?

Sara Bellum
November 05, 2013

During NIDA’s 2013 Drug Facts Chat Day, several teens shared touching stories about friends who are struggling with drug abuse and asked how they can Read More »

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Silhouette of a man drinking alcohol

My Addicted Father

Anonymous
October 31, 2013

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We asked teens to tell us who inspires them to stay away from illicit drugs. Here’s what one teen said.  You probably haven't met my mother. Or any of my teachers. Or the friends I surround myself with. Read More »

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young woman singing about drug abuse prevention

Write a Song To Promote Healthy Decisions

Sara Bellum
October 29, 2013

Recently, NIDA met with its Teen Advisory Group—a group of diverse teens from around the country—to talk about pop culture, celebrities, and drugs. Read More »

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Wahib Farooqui talks about mentors who help him be drug-free

Unexpected Mentors

Wahib Farooqui
October 28, 2013

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. We asked teens to tell us who inspires them to stay away from illicit drugs. Here’s what one teen said.  Read More »

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