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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

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

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Marijuana (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997.
Explains how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes changes in the brain that affect memory, emotions, balance, and judgment. En Español

Publication: Research Report Series - Marijuana

Marijuana (Research Reports)

Published October 2002. Revised July 2012.
Explores the latest research on marijuana, including the scope of marijuana use in the U.S., health consequences, its effects on every-day activities, available treatments. En Español

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MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse (Research Reports)

Published March 2006.
Describes the science behind MDMA (ecstasy) abuse, including what it does to the brain, whether it is addictive, and the latest research regarding prevention and treatment of MDMA. En Español

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Methamphetamine (Research Reports)

Published April 1998. Revised September 2013.
Provides an overview of the latest scientific findings on methamphetamine, including short- and long-term health consequences, effects on pregnancy, and potential prevention and treatment options. En Español

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Methamphetamine (Mind Over Matter)

Published October 2000.
Explains how methamphetamine acts in the body and the brain and what happens with long-term use of the drug. En Español

Nationwide Trends (DrugFacts)

Published April 2011. Revised January 2014.
Examines nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction among youth, describing lifetime, past year and past month use for alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs. En Español

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Opiates (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.
Describes how opiates, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system, which controls emotions. En Español

Current Substance use Among Pregnant Women aged 15-44, by Age, 2008-2007 combined

Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse (Topics in Brief)

Published April 2009. Revised May 2011.
Offers a research update on pregnancy and drug abuse, exploring potential adverse effects on fetal development and promising treatments for pregnant women.

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