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The Prescription Opioid Epidemic and Heroin (Research Reports)

Published October 2015. Revised October 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.  


Synthetic Cannabinoids (DrugFacts)

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


Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications (DrugFacts)

Revised November 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


NIDA Notes: The Latest in Drug Abuse Research