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Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster (Teaching Guide) (Featured Publication)

Published September 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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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart (Featured Publication)

Published September 2002. Revised October 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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Volume 24, Number 1

Published November 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.

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Resource Guide: Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings (Featured Publication)

Published April 2009. Revised March 2012.
Provides clinicians serving adult populations in general medical settings with the tools and procedures necessary to conduct screening, brief intervention, and/or treatment referral for patients who may have or be at risk of developing a substance use disorder.

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Volume 24, Number 2

Published April 2012.
Reports on innovative research, including new insights into how a cognitive behavioral strategy reduces craving and how benzodiazepines cause addiction; the role of exercise in reducing drug seeking and relapse; the effectiveness of home visits by nurses to low-income first-time mothers, and more.

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HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse: Intertwined Epidemics (DrugFacts)

Revised May 2012.
Describes how people who engage in drug use or high-risk behaviors associated with drug use also put themselves at risk for contracting or transmitting HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases. En Español

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HIV/AIDS (Research Reports)

Published March 2006. Revised July 2012.
Explores the link between drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and discusses treatment options, populations most at risk, and trends in HIV/AIDS and what to do to counter these trends. En Español

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Inhalants (Research Reports)

Published May 1999. Revised July 2012.
Provides scientific research on the nature and extent of inhalant abuse, its potential health consequences, and hazards of chemicals found in commonly abused inhalants. En Español

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Tobacco/Nicotine (Research Reports)

Published July 1998. Revised July 2012.
Discusses the harmful effects of tobacco use, risks associated with pregnancy and adolescents, as well as best practices for the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction. En Español

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Marijuana (Research Reports)

Published October 2002. Revised July 2012.
Explores the latest research on marijuana, including the scope of marijuana use in the U.S., health consequences, its effects on every-day activities, available treatments. En Español

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