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DrugFacts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

Revised December 2014.

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: Salvia

Revised April 2013.

Offers an overview of salvia, an herb common to southern Mexico, Central, and South America. Discusses potential health and behavioral effects resulting from its abuse. 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: Substance Abuse in the Military

Published March 2013.

Offers an overview of trends of drug use in the military and the special risks faced by this population. En Español

DrugFacts: Substance Use in Women

Published August 2015.

Examines women and substance use, including sex and gender differences in use, how substance use affects a mother and her baby, and sex and gender differences in drug addiction treatment.

DrugFacts: Synthetic Cathinones (“Bath Salts”)

Revised November 2012.

Describes how synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts,” are abused, their effects on the brain, and other health effects. En Español

DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

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

DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics

Revised March 2011.

Reports data on the number of people in need of drug abuse treatment and characteristics of admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities. En Español

DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction

Revised November 2012.

Provides an overview of drug abuse and addiction, including what happens in the brain during drug abuse, why some people become addicted and others don’t, and the importance of prevention. En Español

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