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National Drug IQ Challenge

Take the National Drug IQ Challenge

January 30, 2013  /  Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director

National Drug Facts Week is in full swing! Have you looked up any facts? As a scientist, I love studying data and reading about real facts that have been tested by credible science. Some facts might surprise you. For example, did you know that: Read More »

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warning label on medication advising against drinking alcohol

Medications and Alcohol Don't Mix

November 27, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

If you’re taking any medications—either those prescribed by a doctor or over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine—it’s not a good idea to drink alcohol. Often, the medication label will warn you not to—because of the possible dangerous side effects. Read the label! Read More »

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Brain images showing different amounts of dopamine

Prescription Stimulants Affect People With ADHD Differently

November 01, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

There’ve been lots of headlines lately about the dangers of prescription drug abuse—like taking a friend’s. Read More »

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man's brain being used as an ash tray

Social Smoking: Just as Bad as Regular Smoking

October 23, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Many people justify smoking one or two cigarettes once in a while—known as social smoking—by thinking occasional smoking won’t damage their health as much as smoking every day. Read More »

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marijuana lowers IQ

Can Smoking Marijuana Actually Lower Your IQ?

October 09, 2012  /  By Carol Krause, Chief of NIDA’s Public Information and Liaison Branch

Many teenagers assume smoking weed is harmless because of all the myths floating around saying it’s safe. What few people know is that the age you start using marijuana actually makes a difference. Read More »

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