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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 »

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Like an Olympian: What Makes a Person Successful?

February 12, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

This week, the world is watching as athletes from around the globe compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The measure of success for Olympians is very clear: They must be the best athlete in their sport. They must move the fastest, go the farthest, or score the most points. Read More »

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Words Can Hurt: Drug Rumors and Stigma

January 15, 2014  /  Sara Bellum

In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, not a day goes by that some news or gossip site isn’t wondering about who’s using drugs or trying to quit using them. Read More »

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Designated Driver = No Alcohol

December 05, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

The holiday season is upon us once again, and alcohol often is served at parties and family gatherings. Read More »

Teen feeling left out by a group of young women - peer pressure and bullying can influence drug use

Your Environment May Influence Drug Use

October 17, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

A NIDA-funded study found that a healthy person was at a higher risk for abusing drugs if a sibling or spouse abused drugs. The closer the siblings are in age, the greater the chances. Read More »