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Is Teen Drug Use Related to Brain Size?

February 03, 2020  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Teens who use nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana have two brain areas that are smaller than average when they become adults. Read More »

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The Year in Drugs and Health News: 2019 Blog Roundup

January 06, 2020  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Check out all of the addiction science updates that we shared on the blog in 2019. Read More »

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Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs

December 09, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Addiction is a brain disease. And it can happen to anyone.  Read More »

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Say What? "Serotonin"

August 26, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

The neurotransmitter serotonin—known as the "calming chemical"—has a bigger job than we thought.   Read More »

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Meet Your Brain

July 29, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Your brain is the command center for your entire body. Without it, you’re not you.  Read More »