En español

All Publications


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


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.


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.


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.


The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The second in a 5-part series, explores the science behind addiction, describing the brain and reward center, and the action of heroine and cocaine.


The Neurobiology of Ecstasy (MDMA) (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The fourth in a 5-part series, explores the biology behind ecstasy use in the brain and discusses both short- and long-term effects of its use.


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.  


Therapeutic Communities (Research Reports)

Revised July 2015.
Describes a type of long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders called therapeutic communities, including how they treat populations with special needs and how they can be incorporated into the criminal justice system.


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


Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction (DrugFacts)

Revised September 2009.
Describes research findings on effective medication and behavior treatment approaches for drug abuse and addiction and discusses special considerations for the criminal justice setting. En Español


NIDA Notes: The Latest in Drug Abuse Research