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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.


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.


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


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


Substance Use in Women (DrugFacts)

Published September 2015.
Provides a summary of key points related to women and substance use, including sex and gender differences in substance use and addiction treatment, and how substance use affects a mother and her baby.


Substance Use in Women (Research Reports)

Published July 2015.
Examines women and substance use, including sex and gender differences in use, how substance use affects a mother and her baby, and sex and gender differences in drug addiction treatment.  


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


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


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


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


NIDA Notes: The Latest in Drug Abuse Research