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Prescription Drug Abuse (Research Reports)

Published July 2001. Revised October 2011.
Examines the non-medical use of prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—describing adverse health effects of their use and the prevention and treatment of addiction. En Español

After Cannabis, Nonmedical use of the Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Medications Account for Most of the Commonly Abused Drugs in 12th Graders (in the past year)

Prescription Drug Abuse (Topics in Brief)

Revised December 2011.
Provides a brief overview of the non-medical use of prescription drugs, examining prevalence, health risks associated with use, treatment options, and research underway on the topic.

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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Patient-Physician Conversation Poster

Published April 2009.
Encourages patients to discuss any and all drug use—including prescription and over-the-counter medications—with their doctors and other health care professionals.

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

Figure 1. Percent of Students Reporting Past Year Use of Methamphetamine, by Grade8th

Methamphetamine Addiction: Progress, but Need to Remain Vigilant (Topics in Brief)

Published March 2007. Revised November 2011.
Declines in Methamphetamine Abuse by Youth

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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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Mentoring: A Guide for Drug Abuse Researchers

Published November 2009.
Discusses the importance of quality mentorship in drug abuse research and offers suggestions for creating a successful mentor and mentee relationship.

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Medications Development at NIDA (Topics in Brief)

Revised November 2011.
Offers an update on the research strategy underway in the push to develop effective addiction medications, including currently approved drugs, new compounds, and vaccines.

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