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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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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.

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Inhalants (Research Reports)

Published May 1999. Revised July 2012.

Provides scientific research on the nature and extent of inhalant abuse, its potential health consequences, and hazards of chemicals found in commonly abused inhalants. En Español

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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Is Marijuana Safe to Use While Pregnant or Breastfeeding? (Policy Briefs)

Published August 2019.

To date, there are no marijuana-derived medications that are FDA-approved for treating conditions associated with pregnancy, including nausea. However, marijuana is the illicit drug most commonly used by pregnant women, with rates doubling since 2002.

Kratom (DrugFacts)

Revised April 2019.

A plain-language research summary about kratom, how it affects the brain, and its health effects. En Español

Lessons from Prevention Research (DrugFacts)

Revised March 2014.

Describes principles important to consider when developing drug abuse prevention programs and discusses issues relevant for family, school, and community settings. En Español

Marijuana (DrugFacts)

Revised December 2019.

A plain-language research summary about marijuana, including how people use it, its effects on the brain and overall health, and treatment options En Español

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Marijuana (Research Reports)

Published September 2019. Revised December 2019.

Explores the latest research on marijuana, including the scope of marijuana use in the U.S., health consequences, its effects on everyday activities, and available treatments. En Español

Marijuana as Medicine (DrugFacts)

Revised July 2019.

Offers facts about marijuana as a legal medical treatment and about potential and approved treatments using chemicals derived from marijuana (cannabinoids). En Español

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Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster

Published August 2012.

Posters for teens and young adults. Single-sided English and double-sided English/Spanish versions available. Emphasizes three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. See also Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body—Year 13-14 Compilations for Students and Teachers.

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Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Published April 2001. Revised December 2017.

Presented in question-and-answer format and targeted to teens, provides facts about marijuana and its potential harmful effects. En Español

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Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

Published April 2001. Revised July 2018.

Provides important facts about marijuana and offers parents tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects. En Español

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MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse (Research Reports)

Published March 2006. Revised September 2017.

Describes the science behind MDMA (ecstasy) abuse, including what it does to the brain, whether it is addictive, and the latest research regarding prevention and treatment of MDMA. En Español

MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) (DrugFacts)

Revised June 2018.

Provides basic facts about MDMA, also called Ecstasy or Molly, including how it affects the brain, other health effects, and its potential for addiction. En Español

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Media Guide

Published December 2009. Revised July 2018.

Provides journalists with the latest findings on the science of drug abuse and addiction and commonly abused drugs, and lists resources for more information.

Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder (Research Reports)

Published May 2017. Revised June 2018.

Discusses effective medications used to treat opioid use disorders: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. 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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Methamphetamine (Research Reports)

Published April 1998. Revised October 2019.

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

Methamphetamine (DrugFacts)

Revised May 2019.

Provides facts about the stimulant drug methamphetamine, including how it affects the brain, other adverse health effects, and secondhand methamphetamine smoke. En Español

Mind Matters

Mind Matters Series (Mind Matters)

Revised December 2019.

Mind Matters invites young teens to take a scientific journey to learn about the brain’s complex responses to specific drugs, including cocaine, inhalants, K2/Spice and Bath Salts, marijuana, methamphetamine, nicotine, opioids, and prescription stimulants. En Español

Misuse of Prescription Drugs Research Report

Misuse of Prescription Drugs (Research Reports)

Published July 2001. Revised December 2018.

Offers the latest research findings on prescription drug misuse, including the classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly misused, possible effects on the brain and body, and treatment options for prescription drug addiction. En Español

Monitoring the Future Survey: High School and Youth Trends (DrugFacts)

Revised December 2019.

Describes high school and youth trends for drug use and addiction, as presented in the annual Monitoring the Future survey. Includes emphasis on vaping, marijuana, cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription drugs. En Español

Naloxone (DrugFacts)

Published September 2019.

A plain language summary of naloxone, the different dosage forms, how they are used, and precautions to keep in mind when administering naloxone. En Español

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