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Anabolic Steroids (DrugFacts)

Revised August 2018.

Provides basic information about anabolic-androgenic steroids, such as how it is abused, its effects on the brain and mental health, and its addictive potential. En Español

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Brain Power (Brain Power)

Brain Power! is designed to take students through a step-by-step exploration of the processes of science and how to use these processes to learn about scientists and the different work they do, the brain, the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the nervous system and the body. 

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (DrugFacts)

Revised January 2020.

Provides an overview of the effects of cigarette and other tobacco products, including their effect on the brain, other health effects, approaches to smoking or nicotine cessation, and overall use among youth. En Español

Cocaine (DrugFacts)

Revised July 2018.

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. Although health care providers can use it for valid medical purposes, such as local anesthesia for some surgeries, recreational cocaine use is illegal. As a street drug, cocaine looks like a fine, white, crystal powder. Street dealers often mix it with things like cornstarch, talcum powder, or flour to increase profits. En Español

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Cocaine (Research Reports)

Published May 1999. Revised May 2016.

Describes the latest research findings on cocaine, exploring the scope of abuse in the U.S., its potential long- and short-term health effects, maternal cocaine use, and treatment approaches. En Español

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Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders (Research Reports)

Published December 2008. Revised February 2018.

Introduces a report that focuses on the topic of of common physical and mental health comorbidities with substance use disorders, a research priority for NIDA.

Comorbidity: Substance Use Disorders and Other Mental Illnesses (DrugFacts)

Revised August 2018.

Comorbidity describes two or more disorders or illnesses occurring in the same person. They can occur at the same time or one after the other. Comorbidity also implies interactions between the illnesses that can worsen the course of both. En Español

Criminal Justice (DrugFacts)

Published June 2019.

Looks at the challenges with substance use disorders (SUDs) among people in the criminal justice system, and why treatment and follow up is important for inmates. En Español

Drug Use and Viral Infections (HIV, Hepatitis) (DrugFacts)

Revised July 2019.

Discusses how people who engage in drug use or high-risk behaviors associated with drug use put themselves at risk for contracting or transmitting viral infections such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. En Español

Drugged Driving (DrugFacts)

Revised December 2019.

Provides basic facts about drugged driving, including statistics, trends, and teen prevalence, and explains why drugged driving is hazardous, particularly as it relates to marijuana. En Español

Drugs and Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Teaching Guide) Poster

Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Teaching Guide) Poster

Published October 2012.

Front: Powerful imagery shows teens and young adults how drugs of abuse damage major organs. A provocative and engaging educational tool. Back: Four critical-thinking activity worksheets and lesson plans on drugs of abuse: a basic neuroscience lesson on how the brain governs the body; an in-depth look at how different drugs damage various vital organs; an activity using a diagram to explore how abusing drugs can damage relationships; and an exercise on how to read a statistical graph on emergency room visits to show the impact of drugs on society. 

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Published April 2007. Revised July 2018.

Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug misuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease. En Español

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Drugs: SHATTER THE MYTHS

Published October 2010. Revised September 2016.

Answers teens’ most frequently asked questions about drugs and abuse with scientific facts and engaging images. En Español

Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction

Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction (Policy Briefs)

Published November 2016. Revised November 2016.

This brief fact sheet provides information about the effectiveness of medications for opioid use disorders and recent scientific advances in this area.

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Family Checkup

Published October 2012. Revised October 2019.

Provides parents with research-based skills to help keep their children drug-free. En Español

Fentanyl (DrugFacts)

Revised February 2019.

Offers basic facts about the synthetic opioid Fentanyl including how it is abused, its effect on the brain, and other health effects. En Español

Genetics and Epigenetics of Addiction (DrugFacts)

Revised August 2019.

Explores the role of genetics and epigenetics in the development and treatment of drug abuse and addiction. En Español

Hallucinogens (DrugFacts)

Revised April 2019.

Provides basic facts about various hallucinogens, including how they are abused, how they affect the brain, and other health effects. En Español

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Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs (Research Reports)

Published March 2001. Revised February 2015.

Offers the latest research findings on hallucinogens and dissociative drugs, describing what they are, how they are abused, and basic facts about different drugs within this classification of drugs. En Español

Heads Up: Drugs & The Body - It Isn't Pretty English/Spanish Poster

Heads Up: Drugs & The Body - It Isn't Pretty English/Spanish Poster

Published August 2003. Revised July 2019.

A graphic tour of how the body is affected by various drugs of abuse. Includes an annotated “body” poster for your classroom wall along with six skills sheets. One side in English; the other in Spanish. Note: the PDF is only in English.

Heroin (DrugFacts)

Revised November 2019.

A plain-language research summary about heroin, including basic facts such as methods of use, its effects on the brain, other health effects, and treatment options.  En Español

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Heroin (Research Reports)

Published October 1997. Revised June 2018.

Offers the latest scientific information on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.  En Español

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HIV/AIDS (Research Reports)

Published March 2006. Revised July 2012.

Explores the link between drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and discusses treatment options, populations most at risk, trends in HIV/AIDS, and ways to counter these trends. En Español

Improving Opioid Prescribing

Improving Opioid Prescribing (Policy Briefs)

Published March 2017. Revised March 2017.

This brief fact sheet provides information about the risks of prescription opioid pain relievers and a summary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guideline for Opioid Prescribing for Pain.

Inhalants (DrugFacts)

Revised February 2017.

Provides an overview of inhalants, including types of products commonly inhaled, effects on the brain, other adverse health effects, and potential for addiction. En Español

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