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Your Brain on Stimulants, Part 1: How Stimulants Work

April 03, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Stimulants increase alertness, attention, and energy by raising the levels of dopamine (a chemical) in the brain and other parts of the body, similar to the way dopamine is naturally produced.  Read More »

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Tolerance, Dependence, Addiction: What's the Difference?

January 12, 2017  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Many people think drug addiction, dependence, and tolerance are pretty much the same thing. But in fact, each term means something very different. Read More »

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How Do You Choose?

September 13, 2016  /  The NIDA Blog Team

How rational or irrational are teens, really, when it comes to decision making? Read More »

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Your Really, Totally, Incredibly Awesome Brain

August 22, 2016  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The human brain is the command center for your entire body. Read More »

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Check Out Cool Projects From Young Scientists

July 05, 2016  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Check out what these teens discovered about stress, brain development, and substance use. Read More »

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