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The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Published January 2000. Revised March 2010.
Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.

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The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The first in a 5-part series, offers an understanding of the brain, how the reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroine), or marijuana.

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Teacher's Guide (Mind Over Matter)

Published December 1997. Revised May 2005.
Equips teachers with background information and lesson plans on drug abuse and addiction for use with the booklets in the Mind Over Matter series.

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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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Substance Use in Women

Published May 2015.
Women and men face unique issues when it comes to substance use. Some of these differences result from biology, or being genetically female or male. Researchers call these sex differences. Other differences are based on whether a person self-identifies as male or female, and how society and a person’s cultural environment respond differently to these identities. This is referred to as gender differences. Sex and gender can interact with each other to create even more complex differences between men and women.

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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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Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines (DrugFacts)

Revised January 2014.
Offers basic facts about stimulant ADHD medications—methylphenidate and amphetamines—including their role in the treatment of ADHD, their affect on the brain, and the extent of 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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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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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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