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Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction (DrugFacts)

Revised November 2012.
Provides an overview of drug abuse and addiction, including what happens in the brain during drug abuse, why some people become addicted and others don’t, and the importance of prevention. En Español

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Synthetic Cathinones (“Bath Salts”) (DrugFacts)

Revised November 2012.
Describes how synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts,” are abused, their effects on the brain, and other health effects. En Español

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Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition) (Featured Publication)

Published October 1999. Revised December 2012.
Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment for a variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs, that can inform drug treatment programs and services. En Español

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K2/Spice ("Synthetic Marijuana") (DrugFacts)

Revised December 2012.
Provides information about K2/spice, a family of herbal mixtures that produce effects similar to that of marijuana, including how it is used, its popularity among youth, and potential health effects. En Español

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Substance Abuse in the Military (DrugFacts)

Published March 2013.
Offers an overview of trends of drug use in the military and the special risks faced by this population. En Español

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Cocaine (DrugFacts)

Revised April 2013.
Provides basic facts about cocaine, including how it affects the brain, other health consequences of its use, treatment options, and statistics on cocaine abuse. En Español

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Salvia (DrugFacts)

Revised April 2013.
Offers an overview of salvia, an herb common to southern Mexico, Central, and South America. Discusses potential health and behavioral effects resulting from its abuse. En Español

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Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask (Featured Publication)

Published December 2011. Revised June 2013.
Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program. En Español

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MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) (DrugFacts)

Revised September 2013.
Provides basic facts about MDMA, also called ecstasy or Molly, including how it affects the brain, other health effects, and its potential for addiction. En Español

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Methamphetamine (Research Reports)

Published April 1998. Revised September 2013.
Provides an overview of the latest scientific findings on methamphetamine, including short- and long-term health consequences, effects on pregnancy, and potential prevention and treatment options. En Español

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