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Five Things Inhalants Can Do to Your Body

May 08, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Inhaling fumes from household or workplace products—even just one time—can be very harmful to your brain and body. Read More »

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What’s Dangerous About Cigarette Smoking? Test Your Knowledge

May 01, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

How much do you know about what makes cigarette smoking so hazardous to your health?  Read More »

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Say What? “Epigenetics”

April 24, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Taking drugs can affect which of your genes are switched on or off, and this can be passed on to your kids. Read More »

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Your Brain on Stimulants, Part 3: Misusing Prescription Stimulants—Myth vs. Fact

April 17, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

It’s possible to misuse a stimulant—even if it was prescribed for you—and that can lead to health problems.  Read More »

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Your Brain on Stimulants, Part 2: Types of Stimulants

April 10, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

While prescription stimulants can help with ADHD, non-prescribed stimulants do not help with ADHD, and each one has its own side effects and risks.  Read More »

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