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National Inhalant Prevention Coalition to highlight dangers of helium

The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will hold a press conference to focus

NIDA's Funding Priorities in Tough Fiscal Times

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

February 2012

The President’s Budget for FY13 has just been released and offers a timely opportunity to review NIDA’s funding priorities for the research we support.  To best fulfill our public health mission to “lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction” requires that we focus on those areas likely to produce the greatest return on the public’s investment.

Prescription Drug Poster

Raises awareness of the health consequences of improper use of prescription drugs and contrasts it with the benefits of safe and proper prescription drug use.

Published: March 2010

Patient-Physician Conversation Poster

Encourages patients to discuss any and all drug use—including prescription and over-the-counter medications—with their doctors and other health care professionals.

Published: April 2009

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: What Works with Offenders

Provides an overview of drug abuse treatment principles derived from research findings in the areas of criminology and drug abuse treatment.

Published: July 2006

Volume 6, Number 1

Presents current knowledge on a variety of addiction issues, including nicotine’s affects on brain function; inhalant abuse; genetically-based research and treatment; maternal tobacco use and its effects on children; and a behavior game for young children.

Published: July 2011

Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart

Offers a list prescription drugs commonly abused, including depressants, opioids and morphine derivatives, and stimulants, and provides their common and street names, how they are generally administered, and their potential health effects.

Published: September 2002
Revised: October 2011

Medical and Health Professionals

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

February 2007

I am pleased to introduce NIDAMED. NIDA's new initiative to provide the medical community with drug abuse-related resources to enhance patient care. Designed with the demands of modern clinical practice in mind, these research-based, drug-use screening tools and resources are intended to help you screen patients efficiently and conduct the followup steps necessary to provide the best in medical care.

The importance of screening your patients for drug use cannot be underestimated:


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