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National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

Encourages people to test their knowledge about drug abuse and addiction by asking them to take a 12-question quiz. Accompanying answers shed light on the science of drug abuse.

Published: January 2015


Take the quiz online at the National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week Web site »

Drugs: SHATTER THE MYTHS

Answers teens’ most frequently asked questions about drugs and abuse with scientific facts and engaging images.

Published: October 2010
Revised: March 2015


Learn more at NIDA's National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week site »

Teacher's Guide

Equips teachers with background information and lesson plans on drug abuse and addiction for use with the booklets in the Mind Over Matter series.

Published: December 1997
Revised: May 2005


Read this publication online at the NIDA for Teens Web site »

Nicotine

Describes to young teens how nicotine affects the entire body and discusses dependency, treatment, and effects of long-term nicotine use.

Published: January 1998


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Prescription Drugs

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

Published: January 2009


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Opioids

Describes to young teens how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain—including the limbic system—and the nervous system.

Published: January 1997
Revised: September 2014


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Methamphetamine

Explains to young teens 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 to young teens 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


Read this publication online at the NIDA for Teens Web site »

Inhalants

Describes to young teens how inhalants, such as hair spray, gasoline, and spray paint, can cause nerve cell damage in the brain that can affect the body in many ways.

Published: January 1997


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Hallucinogens

Explains to young teens 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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