Have Questions About Drug Abuse and Addiction? NIDA Has Answers

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As part of National Drug Facts Week, NIDA scientists host Drug Facts Chat Day, an all-day online chat. On Chat Day, students and teachers from high schools across the U.S. submit questions about drug abuse and addiction to NIDA scientists, who answer them in real time.

Chat Day creates a safe environment where students can anonymously ask questions about drugs that they may feel uncomfortable asking their teachers or parents. NIDA scientists are leaders in the science of drug addiction and can answer complicated questions that many Web sites and textbooks do not—like, “Is addiction genetic?,” “How can I help a friend stop using drugs?,” and “Why is it so hard to quit using drugs once you're addicted?”

Anyone can watch the 2013 Chat Day online, on January 31 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, by simply registering for the chat.

Even if you can’t participate in the live chat, you can still get answers to your questions. Submit questions to the Sara Bellum Blog at SaraBellumBlog@iqsolutions.com. Or, comment on this post and tell us your questions about drug abuse. You may see your question answered in a future SBB post.

Looking for answers today? Check out 2012 Chat Day’s questions and answers and the “Real Questions” section of the NIDA for Teens site.

Want the inside story on how Chat Day works? Check out this video.

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