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.
Published January 2011. 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, potential health effects, and public health concerns.
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 and the extent of use among youth.
Published January 1997. Revised October 2003.
Presents research-based drug abuse prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention.
Published June 2009. Revised September 2014.
Provides an overview of commonly abused over the counter (OTC) medications and prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—and explains how they affect the brain, treatments available, and reported use.
Published January 1997. Revised September 2014.
Describes how opiates, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system, which controls emotions.
Published December 2013.
Encourages people to test their knowledge about drug abuse and addiction by asking them to take a 12-question quiz. Accompanying answers shed light on the science of drug abuse.