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Mind Over Matter: Prescription Drugs

Published January 2009.

Explains to young teens how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems. En Español

Research Reports: The Prescription Opioid Epidemic and Heroin

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.  

Research Reports: Prescription Drug Abuse

Published July 2001. Revised November 2014.

Examines the non-medical use of prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—describing adverse health effects of their use and the prevention and treatment of addiction. En Español

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

Published October 1999. Revised December 2012.

Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment for a variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs, that can inform drug treatment programs and services. En Español

DrugFacts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

Revised November 2015.

Provides an overview of commonly abused over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—and explains effects on the brain and reported use. En Español

DrugFacts: Nationwide Trends

Revised June 2015.

Describes nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction, focusing on past-month use for illicit drugs (including marijuana and prescription drugs), alcohol, and tobacco. En Español

DrugFacts: Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse

Revised May 2014.

Provides facts about the abuse of cough syrups and other cold medicines, including their effects on the brain and dangers of using these products to get high.

DrugFacts: Lessons from Prevention Research

Revised March 2014.

Describes principles important to consider when developing drug abuse prevention programs and discusses issues relevant for family, school, and community settings. En Español

DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines

Revised January 2014.

Offers basic facts about stimulant ADHD medications—methylphenidate and amphetamines—including their role in the treatment of ADHD, their affect on the brain, and the extent of abuse. En Español

DrugFacts: Drug-Related Hospital Emergency Room Visits

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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