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

The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

April 02, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

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

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

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

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

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 »

Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Mission Impossible III opening.

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 03, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

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

Teen boy getting a vaccination in his arm.

A Vaccine for Drug Abuse? Maybe Someday

January 08, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

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

July 17, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

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