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Marijuana (Topics in Brief)

Revised diciembre del 2011.
Provides a brief update on the research on marijuana use, including its health effects, the potential for addiction, treatment, and marijuana in medicine.

Prescription Drug Abuse (Topics in Brief)

Revised diciembre del 2011.
Provides a brief overview of the non-medical use of prescription drugs, examining prevalence, health risks associated with use, treatment options, and research underway on the topic.

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Volume 24, Number 1 (NIDA Notes)

Published noviembre del 2011.
Reports on innovative research, including active brain circuits that shed light on addiction; a new therapeutic skin patch; the disruption of neuron growth on cocaine relapse; genetic changes and vulnerability to relapse; regulators for addiction genes, and more.

Medications Development at NIDA (Topics in Brief)

Revised noviembre del 2011.
Offers an update on the research strategy underway in the push to develop effective addiction medications, including currently approved drugs, new compounds, and vaccines.

Methamphetamine Addiction: Progress, but Need to Remain Vigilant (Topics in Brief)

Published Marzo del 2007. Revised noviembre del 2011.
Declines in Methamphetamine Abuse by Youth

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart

Published septiembre del 2002. Revised octubre del 2011.
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.

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Prescription Drug Abuse (Research Reports)

Published julio del 2001. Revised octubre del 2011.
Examines the non-medical use of prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—describing adverse health effects of their use and the prevention and treatment of addiction. En Español

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Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster (Teaching Guide)

Published septiembre del 2011.
Front: Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. Back: Four lesson plans for teachers, including critical-thinking activity worksheets and answer keys. Reviews basic marijuana facts. Helps students differentiate between fact and opinion, understand the importance of sources, analyze an editorial cartoon, and realize how messages about drugs are communicated, overtly and hidden, in songs and music videos. See also Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body—Year 11-12 Compilations for Students and Teachers.

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Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body

Published agosto del 2003. Revised agosto del 2011.
An educational collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Scholastic Inc., this series provides science-based information about the effects of drugs and drug abuse on the brain and body through a variety of print and Web formats, including teen articles, classroom lessons, student worksheets, and posters. All of these materials are free.

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Volume 6, Number 1 (Addiction Science & Clinical Practice)

Published julio del 2011.
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.

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