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Volume 24, Number 1

Published November 2011.
Reports on innovative research, including active brain circuits that shed light on addiction; a new therapeutic skin patch; the disruption of neuron growth on cocaine relapse; genetic changes and vulnerability to relapse; regulators for addiction genes, and more.

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart (Featured Publication)

Published September 2002. Revised October 2011.
Offers a list prescription drugs commonly abused, including depressants, opioids and morphine derivatives, and stimulants, and provides their common and street names, how they are generally administered, and their potential health effects.

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Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster (Teaching Guide) (Featured Publication)

Published September 2011.
Front: Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. Back: Four lesson plans for teachers, including critical-thinking activity worksheets and answer keys. Reviews basic marijuana facts. Helps students differentiate between fact and opinion, understand the importance of sources, analyze an editorial cartoon, and realize how messages about drugs are communicated, overtly and hidden, in songs and music videos. See also Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body—Year 11-12 Compilations for Students and Teachers.

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Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body (Featured Publication)

Published August 2003. Revised August 2011.
An educational collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Scholastic Inc., this series provides science-based information about the effects of drugs and drug abuse on the brain and body through a variety of print and Web formats, including teen articles, classroom lessons, student worksheets, and posters. All of these materials are free.

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Volume 6, Number 1 (Addiction Science & Clinical Practice)

Published July 2011.
Presents current knowledge on a variety of addiction issues, including nicotine’s affects on brain function; inhalant abuse; genetically-based research and treatment; maternal tobacco use and its effects on children; and a behavior game for young children.

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Volume 23, Number 5

Published July 2011.
Reports research findings on a potential new treatment for cocaine abuse and overeating; genetic effects of maternal smoking on children’s behavior; the reduction of risky sexual behaviors; and more.

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Drug-Related Hospital Emergency Room Visits (DrugFacts)

Revised May 2011.
Provides national estimates on drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments and makes comparisons with previous years’ data. Discusses illicit drugs, alcohol and other drugs, and prescription drugs. En Español

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Commonly Abused Drugs Chart (Featured Publication)

Revised March 2011.
Lists substances of abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs, listing their common and street names, how they are generally administered, and their potentially harmful health effects.

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Volume 23, Number 4

Published March 2011.
Reports research findings on prevention programs to prevent the initiation of alcohol and tobacco use; HIV treatment interruption after prison release; smoking cessation therapies; the role of proteins in cocaine addiction; and more.

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Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Disorders (DrugFacts)

Published March 2011.
Offers basic facts about comorbidity between drug use disorders and other mental illnesses, including why these disorders can co-occur, how common they are, and how they are diagnosed and treated. En Español

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