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Say What? “Receptor”

June 26, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Drug use can change the way nerve cells in your brain work. Read More »

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A drawing that shows the electrical impulses in the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury, Drug Addiction, and the Developing Teen Brain

March 19, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Traumatic brain injuries pose higher risks for the teen brain because it isn't fully formed yet. This is also a reason why using drugs as a teen increases the chances for addiction. Read More »

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NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. at TedMed

Obesity and Drug Addiction: The Brain Connection TedMed Talk by NIDA Director

January 29, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Many tasty foods trigger a burst of the brain chemical called dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit that is similar to what some drugs produce. Over time, the reward circuit can get less sensitive to the dopamine—it needs the constant dopamine surge from fattening food.  Read More »

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Screen Capture from Mouse Party Activity on Learn.Genetics Website.

Check This Out! Learn.Genetics: Addiction Science Learning Tools

January 05, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Learn.Genetics breaks down the science of addiction in a way that is not just totally cool, but educational. Read More »

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Head-shot of a woman.

The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

October 23, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. Read More »

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