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Program Helps Troubled Boys Reduce Substance Abuse

Chronically delinquent boys in Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care reduced their substance abuse more than boys assigned to Community Group Care.

Drugs: Shatter the Myths

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

Published: October 2010
Revised: July 2013


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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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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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Ethnicity Influences Early Smoking and Progression to Drug Abuse

Summarizes findings from a 10-year study that monitored smoking and progress to other drugs among youth that found ethnicity to be an influential factor.

Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline

Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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