Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.
Describes how opiates, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system, which controls emotions. En Español
Published September 2009.
Describes NIDA’s programs to ensure issues related to health disparities are represented in extramural research and to increase the number of underrepresented scientists participating in drug abuse research. En Español
Revised October 2007.
Describes an initiative to bridge the gap between drug abuse and addiction research and practice that includes a clinical trials network, conferences, blending teams, and partnerships.
Published April 2011. Revised December 2012.
Examines nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction among youth, describing lifetime, past year and past month use for alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs.
Published February 2005.
Describes the mission of NIDA, the Federal focal point for research on drug abuse and addiction, and outlines its research priorities and significant scientific accomplishments.
Revised December 2012.
Encourages people to test their knowledge about drug abuse and addiction by asking them to take a 12-question quiz. Accompanying answers shed light on the science of drug abuse.
Published April 1998. Revised September 2006.
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.
Published March 2010.
Provides facts about the stimulant drug methamphetamine, including how it affects the brain, other adverse health effects, possible treatment options, and trends and data on its use among youth. En Español