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Real Teens Ask: Do Many Kids in High School Do Drugs?

October 05, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

Questions about drugs? Lots of teens are asking. That's why each year NIDA scientists spend a day chatting online with high school students and answering their questions. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Dopamine

September 29, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

Imagine this: You're playing basketball; it's the last quarter. In fact, you only have 30 seconds to make the winning shot. You shoot, it soars through the air, you hear the buzzer go off...and then you see the swoosh. You just won the game for your team. How do you feel? Read More »

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How To Help a Friend in Need

September 24, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

Figuring out what to do when a friend or someone you know is having trouble with drugs or alcohol can be tricky. You want to help, but you might not know how to bring it up. Here are some tips. Read More »

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How Does Cocaine Work? It's Partly In Your Genes

September 21, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

You probably know that your genes help make you who you are. Except for identical twins, everyone has a slightly different set of genes, and when our genes interact with our environment, that’s what makes us unique individuals. Read More »

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