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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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Real Teens Ask: Is Addiction Hereditary?

July 02, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Does someone in your family abuse drugs? Learn more about how DNA can influence a person’s chances of becoming addicted to drugs in this updated post from 2011. Read More »

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Lindsay Lohan on Why Recovery Can Be So Hard

August 22, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

“I’m an addict,” Lindsay Lohan told Oprah in a recent interview. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Polyneuropathy

September 21, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

According to NIDA’s glossary, polyneuropathy is a “permanent change or malfunction of nerves.” “Poly” means “many,” so multiple nerves throughout the body such as in the arms, legs, hands, and feet are affected. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Is Addiction Hereditary?

February 18, 2011  /  Sara Bellum

On NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day 2010, scientists answered a lot of your great questions. This one is from “I AM MIKE” from Jefferson Township High School in Trenton, New Jersey: Are you more likely to do drugs if someone in your family does? Read More »

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