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Prescription Drug Abuse

Explains how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems.

Published: January 2009


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Opioids

Describes how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system, which controls emotions.

Published: January 1997
Revised: September 2014


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Methamphetamine

Explains how methamphetamine acts in the body and the brain and what happens with long-term use of the drug.

Published: October 2000


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Marijuana

Explains how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes changes in the brain that affect memory, emotions, balance, and judgment.

Published: January 1997
Revised: August 2014


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Inhalants

Describes how inhalants, such as hair spray, gasoline, and spray paint, can cause nerve cell damage in the brain that can affect the body in a lot of ways.

Published: January 1997


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Hallucinogens

Explains how hallucinogens affect the brain’s communication centers as well as its ability to control sleep and emotions.

Published: January 1997
Revised: January 2009


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Cocaine

Explores with young teens how cocaine changes the way nerve cells communicate in the brain and the negative effects the drug can have on the body.

Published: January 1997
Revised: January 2009


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Anabolic Steroids

Shows young teens how anabolic steroids can cause liver damage and cancer and weaken the immune system.

Published: January 1997
Revised: January 2009


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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

Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Explores the science behind such questions as what is addiction, why do people abuse drugs, and how does drug use change the brain, as well as research-based information about prevention, treatment, relapse, and HIV/AIDS.

Published: July 2008

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