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Genetics and Epigenetics of Addiction (DrugFacts)

Revised febrero del 2016.
Why do some people become addicted while others don't? Family studies that include identical twins, fraternal twins, adoptees, and siblings suggest that as much as half of a person’s risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs depends on his or her genetic makeup. Pinning down the biological basis for this risk is an important avenue of research for scientists trying to solve the problem of drug addiction.

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Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction (DrugFacts)

Revised enero del 2016.
Describes research findings on effective medication and behavioral treatment approaches for drug addiction and discusses special considerations for the criminal justice setting. En Español

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Hallucinogens (DrugFacts)

Revised enero del 2016.
Provides basic facts about various hallucinogens,  including how they are abused, how they affect the brain, and other health effects. En Español

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Synthetic Cathinones ("Bath Salts") (DrugFacts)

Revised enero del 2016.
Describes how synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts,” are abused, their effects on the brain, and other health effects. En Español

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Prescription Opioids and Heroin (Research Reports)

Published octubre del 2015. Revised diciembre del 2015.
Explores the relationship between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, including prescription opioid use as a risk factor for heroin use, reasons why people progress from using prescription opioids to heroin, and the need for prevention and treatment.

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Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications (DrugFacts)

Revised noviembre del 2015.
Provides an overview of commonly abused over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—and explains effects on the brain and reported use. En Español

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Synthetic Cannabinoids (DrugFacts)

Revised noviembre del 2015.
Explains what synthetic cannabinoids are and provides basic facts about methods of use, their growing popularity, and potential health effects.  En Español

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Marijuana (DrugFacts)

Revised septiembre del 2015.
Offers facts about marijuana, including how people use it, its effects on the brain and overall health, and treatment options. En Español

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Marijuana (Research Reports)

Published octubre del 2002. Revised septiembre del 2015.
Explores the latest research on marijuana, including the scope of marijuana use in the U.S., health consequences, its effects on everyday activities, and available treatments. En Español

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Substance Use in Women (DrugFacts)

Published septiembre del 2015.
Provides a summary of key points related to women and substance use, including sex and gender differences in substance use and addiction treatment, and how substance use affects a mother and her baby.

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