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Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body

Published August 2003. Revised August 2011.
An educational collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Scholastic Inc., this series provides science-based information about the effects of drugs and drug abuse on the brain and body through a variety of print and Web formats, including teen articles, classroom lessons, student worksheets, and posters. All of these materials are free.

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Inhalants (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997.
Describes how inhalants, such as hair spray, gasoline, and spray paint, can cause nerve cell damage in the brain that can affect the body in a lot of ways. En Español

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Marijuana (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised August 2014.
Explains how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes changes in the brain that affect memory, emotions, balance, and judgment. 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

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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

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Prescription Drug Abuse (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 2009.
Explains how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems. En Español

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Teacher's Guide (Mind Over Matter)

Published December 1997. Revised May 2005.
Equips teachers with background information and lesson plans on drug abuse and addiction for use with the magazines in the Mind Over Matter series.

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The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The first in a 5-part series, offers an understanding of the brain, how the reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroine), or marijuana.

Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Published January 2000. Revised March 2010.
Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.

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The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The second in a 5-part series, explores the science behind addiction, describing the brain and reward center, and the action of heroine and cocaine.

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