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Nationwide Trends

Revised January 2014.

Examines nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction, describing past year and past month use for alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs.

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.

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.

Spice ("Synthetic Marijuana")

Revised December 2012.

Provides information about spice, a family of herbal mixtures that produce effects similar to that of marijuana, including how it is used, its popularity among youth, and potential health effects.

Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines

Published June 2009. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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