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Resource Guide: Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings

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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Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide

Published September 2006. Revised January 2012.

Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment that can inform drug treatment programs and services in the criminal justice setting.

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Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart

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)

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

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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Commonly Abused Drugs Chart

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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2010 Strategic Plan

Published September 2010

Outlines NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research strategic priorities for the next 5 years, focusing on prevention, treatment, HIV/AIDS, and other cross-cutting issues.

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Published April 2007. Revised August 2010.

Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease.

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Research Training at NIDA

Published June 2010
This update to NIDA's Research Training Brochure provides the latest information on training and career development grants that aim to provide such support.

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Prescription Drug Poster

Published March 2010
Raises awareness of the health consequences of improper use of prescription drugs and contrasts it with the benefits of safe and proper prescription drug use.

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