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Prescription Drug Abuse (Research Reports)

Published July 2001. Revised November 2014. 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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Heroin (Research Reports)

Published October 1997. Revised November 2014. Offers the latest scientific information on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.  En Español

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications (DrugFacts)

Published June 2009. Revised November 2014. Provides an overview of commonly abused over the counter (OTC) medications and  prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—and explains how they affect the brain, treatments available, and reported use. En Español

Heroin (DrugFacts)

Revised October 2014. Offers basic facts about heroin, including how it is abused, its affect on the brain, other health effects, treatment options, and reported use by youth. En Español

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (DrugFacts)

Revised October 2014. Provides an overview of the effects of cigarette and other tobacco products, including their effect on their brain, other health effects, approaches to smoking or nicotine cessation, and overall use among youth. En Español

Electronic Cigarettes (e-Cigarettes) (DrugFacts)

Published November 2013. Revised September 2014. Electronic cigarettes (also called e-­‐cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are smokeless, battery operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings or other chemicals to the lungs of users without burning tobacco En Español

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Media Guide (Featured Publication)

Published December 2009. Revised September 2014. Provides journalists with the latest findings on the science of drug abuse and addiction and commonly abused drugs, and lists resources for more information.

Opioids (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised September 2014. Describes how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system, which controls emotions. En Español

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Marijuana (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised August 2014. Explains how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes changes in the brain that affect memory, emotions, balance, and judgment. En Español

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (Featured Publication)

Published April 2007. Revised July 2014. Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease. En Español

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