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Thank you for visiting the Sara Bellum Blog.  Please review the following blog policies. NIDA reserves the right to update these policies at any time.

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We respect your privacy. We do not collect any information about you personally. However, our computers do collect limited information from your computer, like the time of your visit, what internet browser you are using, and what link brought you here. You can read our complete privacy policy here.

Medical Information

It is not NIDA’s intention to provide medical advice to people about their personal drug use, but instead to provide information that helps people improve their health and their communities. NIDA urges drug users to consult with a qualified physician who can diagnose problems and answer personal medical questions. To get immediate help with a drug problem, call 1–800–662–HELP, or visit to find a treatment provider near you.

Comment Policy

The purpose of the Sara Bellum Blog is to discuss the science of addiction and drug abuse. We welcome your comments and ideas. We want to hear what questions you have about drugs and know your concerns.

In order for this blog community to be a friendly place for everyone, we have some ground rules. Most importantly, we expect that everyone here will treat each other with respect. In order to keep things respectful, we moderate all comments before they are posted. Comments that contain vulgar language, personal insults, offensive comments about people's ethnicity, race, religion, or sexual orientation, or any other kinds of attacks on other people will not be posted. Comments that are spam, are clearly off topic, that promote services or products, or that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. Please keep in mind that the Sara Bellum Blog is a family-friendly blog. We cannot accept comments that promote adult behaviors that are inappropriate, illegal, or unsafe for teens--for example, links to sites advertising products or services that are illegal for teens to use. Please use common sense when commenting, so we can allow your comment. We will also not post comments that advocate breaking the law or committing crimes.

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Because comments are moderated, there may be a slight delay before your comment appears on the site. Don't worry! All comments that follow the rules above will eventually appear. If you don't want to comment, you can always use the star rating system on each blog post to rate the post, or you can tell us how you think we're doing using this form.


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Thank you for taking the time to get to know our policies. We know there are a lot of places you can go on the Web, and we want to thank you for visiting us. Please link to us and share what you learn here with your friends! Thanks,

The Sara Bellum Blog Team
Office of Science Policy and Communications
National Institute on Drug Abuse

About the Sara Bellum Blog

The Sara Bellum Blog is written by a team of NIDA scientists, science writers, educators, and teens. We connect you with the latest scientific research and news, so you can use that info to make healthy, smart decisions. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to go for the truth about drugs. Here at NIDA, we learn from science—not from rumors or gossip. We have thousands of researchers around the world who study drug addiction and come up with ways to help people recover and live healthy lives. Every day, scientists and physicians discover more about how drugs affect your brain and body. You owe it to yourself to ask the right questions, look for the facts, and think hard about what you find out and what it means for you. We're here to help you do that.

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