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Research at NIDA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the Nation's medical research agency. NIDA research helps to:

  • Compare how the brain works when people use – and don't use – drugs such as nicotine, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana
  • Find out what causes people to use drugs
  • Treat heroin and other drug addiction
  • See how using drugs for a long time affects the brain
  • Find the best ways to help teens and adults stop smoking cigarettes

View all studiesYour role in NIDA research is an important part of NIDA's mission – to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

  Last update: October 1, 2012

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