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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

Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse (DrugFacts)

Revised May 2014.
Provides facts about the abuse of cough syrups and other cold medicines, including their effects on the brain and dangers of using these products to get high.

Stimulant ADHD Medications - Methylphenidate and Amphetamines (DrugFacts)

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. En Español

Methamphetamine (DrugFacts)

Published March 2010. Revised January 2014.
Provides facts about the stimulant drug methamphetamine, including how it affects the brain, other adverse health effects, possible treatment options, and trends and data on its use among youth. En Español

2014 IQ Challenge

National Drug IQ Challenge

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. 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.

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications (DrugFacts)

Published June 2009. Revised May 2013.
Provides an overview of commonly abused prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—and explains how they affect the brain, treatments available, and reported use. En Español

Salvia (DrugFacts)

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. En Español

Khat (DrugFacts)

Revised April 2013.
Provides an overview of the stimulant drug khat including the health and behavioral effects of khat abuse and the extent of use of the drug worldwide. En Español

Spice ("Synthetic Marijuana") (DrugFacts)

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. En Español

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PEERx Educators Guide

PEERx Educators Guide

NIDA's PEERx Educators Guide provides a central listing of NIDA's teen prescription drug abuse resources.

Sara Bellum Blog Teaching Guides: Teen Drug Abuse

SBB Teaching Guides

Drug Abuse Teaching Guides
Supplement your drug abuse prevention curriculum with content and discussion questions from our new teaching guides based on the Sara Bellum Blog.

Follow Sara Bellum: NIDA for Teens
NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse