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Man holding a needle to give a teen girl an injection.

The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

Sara Bellum
April 02, 2014

Note: We published an updated version of this post in 2015. Read the updated version here. Read More »

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Nora D. Volkow, M.D., NIDA Director

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death and the Terrible Toll of Addiction

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., NIDA Director
February 19, 2014

In early February, movie fans lost another great talent to heroin. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who starred as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, died at age 46 of an apparent heroin overdose. Read More »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Mission Impossible III opening.

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sara Bellum
February 03, 2014

We are saddened by the death of award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose. Read More »

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Teen boy getting a vaccination in his arm.

A Vaccine for Drug Abuse? Maybe Someday

Sara Bellum
January 08, 2014

You’ve likely gotten vaccines for many different diseases, like measles, hepatitis B, and tetanus. But NIDA researchers hope that someday a vaccine will help people avoid drug abuse too. Read More »

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Cory Monteith

R.I.P. Cory Monteith

Sara Bellum
July 17, 2013

This past weekend, Hollywood was shocked by news of “Glee” star Cory Monteith’s unexpected death. He was only 31 years old. Read More »

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