Anna in NYC getting ready to eat a full meal.

Life is Complicated Enough: Why Add Prescription Drugs to the Mix?

September 02, 2009  /  Anna

As a public health analyst at NIDA, one of my jobs is to look at data and help get information out to the public. When I heard that about 1 in 10 high school seniors had used the pain medicine Vicodin last year without a prescription, I knew there was a problem. Read More »

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girl crunching a walnut with a bowl of walnuts below her

Word of the Day: Cerebral Cortex

September 01, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

What do walnuts and our Word of the Day have in common? Well, it’s a stretch, but fun to think about. If you crack open a walnut carefully, you can see it has two “sides”—just like the human brain. And that’s where our “word of the day” comes in. Read More »

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Four Tips to Avoid Drinking, Drugs, and Driving

August 25, 2009  /  Sara Bellum

Okay, say you’re at a party. The friends you came with have been drinking, but you haven’t. When it’s time to head home, you’re nervous—you’ve heard all about drunk driving and how dangerous it is. Read More »

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National HIV Testing Day - June 27

A New HIV Case every 9 ½ Minutes

August 19, 2009  /  Giselle, NIDA Intern

Every 9 ½ minutes: that's how often the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that someone in the U.S. gets infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the next 10 minutes, someone will get HIV—and it could be your friend or someone in your family. Read More »

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