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Crossing the Line: Athletes Risk Their Health When Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

December 11, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Abusing drugs to overcome pain or inflate athletic abilities gives athletes an unfair advantage. Read More »

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Stay Safe This Halloween

October 30, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Halloween is a time when there are lots of parties, so be smart. If you need a ride home, make sure the driver is sober. Read More »

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It’s Time to Commit to Stopping the Spread of HIV

October 15, 2014  /  The NIDA Blog Team

October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Despite making up only 16% of the U.S. population, Hispanic/Latinos account for 21% of the 50,000 new HIV infections in this country every day.     Read More »

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Alcohol: The Friend Factor

June 18, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

Friends can influence your opinion about music, fashion—and alcohol. In this updated post from 2013, NIDA provides strategies for staying true to yourself and avoiding peer pressure. Read More »

Image of a teenage boy with text saying, "Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers started before they were 18."

What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

May 07, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »