Drug Abuse Research Blog Posts

A picture of Jacob P. Waletzky.

A Personal Story of Sorrow and Hope: The Jacob P. Waletzky Award

January 27, 2016  /  Jeremy Waletzky, M.D.

If there had been a treatment that worked, Jacob would have used it. He’d had several treatments that helped some—but he was still dead. Read More »

Images of the brains with areas of activity colored.

Peering Into the Teen Brain: What Does Risky Behavior Look Like?

January 05, 2016  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Researchers are getting closer to understanding one important factor behind the risky choices of teens who use drugs. It has to do with the brain. Read More »

Brain scan illuminating an injured part of the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Drug Use—A Closer Look

January 15, 2015  /  The NIDA Blog Team

A study reports that those who suffered a TBI before age 5 or between 16 and 25 have an increased risk for dependence on alcohol and drugs. Read More »

Man in a virtual world

Virtual Reality and Drug Abuse Treatment

January 22, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Do you or your friends play video games? Many video games create a virtual reality, a world that only exists on a computer, made up of vivid images and engrossing stories. Read More »

Tin of bath salts

Bath Salts: An Emerging Danger

February 05, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

Bath salts—the drug, not the perfumed crystals you put in bath water—showed up just a few years ago. Read More »