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Lessons from Prevention Research (DrugFacts)

Published February 2004. 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

High School and Youth Trends (DrugFacts)

Published December 2012. Revised January 2014.
Describes trends in high school and youth drug abuse and addiction, with an emphasis on marijuana, cigarettes, prescription drugs, alcohol and ecstasy. En Español

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Heroin (Research Reports)

Published October 1997. Revised February 2014.
Offers the latest scientific information on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.  En Español

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Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs (Research Reports)

Published March 2001. Revised January 2014.
Offers the latest research findings on hallucinogens and dissociative drugs, describing what they are, how they are abused, and basic facts about different drugs within this classification of drugs. En Español

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Hallucinogens (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.
Explains how hallucinogens affect the brain’s communication centers as well as its ability to control sleep and emotions. En Español

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Drugs: Shatter the Myths

Published October 2010. Revised July 2013.
Answers teens’ most frequently asked questions about drugs and abuse with scientific facts and engaging images.

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Published April 2007. Revised July 2014.
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. En Español

Drug-Related Hospital Emergency Room Visits (DrugFacts)

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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Cocaine (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.
Explores with young teens how cocaine changes the way nerve cells communicate in the brain and the negative effects the drug can have on the body. En Español

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Cocaine (Research Reports)

Published May 1999. Revised September 2010.
Describes the latest research findings on cocaine, exploring the scope of abuse in the U.S., its potential long- and short-term health effects, maternal cocaine use, and treatment approaches. En Español

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