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Can Too Much “Screen Time” Change Your Brain?

March 09, 2020  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Scientists are reviewing brain scans from ABCD Study participants to see how developing brains change over time. Screen time is just one of the things scientists are exploring. Read More »

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Drug Screening for Teens—When and Why?

October 28, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Schools, employers, and doctors may screen teens for possible drug use in certain situations.  Read More »

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What's the Big Deal About Data?

September 09, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Data is information that scientists collect in their studies. It helps them understand how and why things happen.  Read More »

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How To Get Help If You or Someone You Know Is Suicidal

September 03, 2019  /  Jane Pearson, Ph.D.

If you’re in emotional pain and thinking about suicide, there are people in your life who care about you and who want to help. Read More »


Viral Hepatitis and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

August 12, 2019  /  The NIDA Blog Team

Drug and alcohol use can increase a person’s chance of getting viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver. If not treated, hepatitis can lead to serious health problems. Read More »