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Published October 2015. Revised October 2015.
Drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers have increased dramatically since 1999. Concerted federal and state efforts have been made to curb this epidemic. In 2011, the White House released an interagency strategy for Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Crisis
Published October 1997. Revised November 2014.
Offers the latest scientific information on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.
Revised October 2014.
Offers basic facts about heroin, including how it is abused, its affect on the brain, other health effects, treatment options, and reported use by youth.
Published January 1997. Revised September 2014.
Describes to young teens how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain—including the limbic system—and the nervous system.