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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 2018.

Describes high school and youth trends for drug use and addiction, as presented in the annual Monitoring the Future survey. Includes emphasis on 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

Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science

Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science (Policy Briefs)

Published March 2017. Revised March 2017.

This brief fact sheet provides information about the life-saving drug naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, including how it works and where to get it.

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National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

Published January 2019.

Encourages people to test their knowledge about drug use and addiction by asking them to take a 13-question quiz. Accompanying answers shed light on the science of drug use. En Español

Nationwide Trends (DrugFacts)

Revised June 2015.

Describes nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction, focusing on past-month use for illicit drugs (including marijuana and prescription drugs), alcohol, and tobacco. En Español

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Opioid Facts for Teens

Published July 2018. Revised July 2018.

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

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Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know

Published June 2019. Revised June 2019.

Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know  Presented in question-and-answer format and targeted to parents, provides facts about opioids and their potential harmful effects. En Español

Over-the-Counter Medicines (DrugFacts)

Revised December 2017.

A plain-language research summary that describes how popular over-the-counter medications are misused and provides information on why this can be dangerous. En Español

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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.

Prescription CNS Depressants (DrugFacts)

Published March 2018.

A plain language research summary of CNS depressants, how they can be misused, and how they affect the brain. En Español

Prescription Opioids (DrugFacts)

Revised June 2019.

A plain language summary of prescription opioids that explains effects on the brain and reported use. En Español

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Prescription Opioids and Heroin (Research Reports)

Published October 2015. Revised January 2018.

Explores the relationship between prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, including prescription opioid use as a risk factor for heroin use, reasons why people progress from using prescription opioids to heroin, and the need for prevention and treatment.

Prescription Stimulants (DrugFacts)

Published June 2018.

A plain language summary of prescription stimulant medications, how they affect the body, and how addiction can be treated. En Español

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Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief)

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. En Español

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Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

Published January 2014. Revised January 2014.

Presents research-based principles of adolescent substance use disorder treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs including, illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.

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Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide

Published September 2006. Revised April 2014.

Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment that can inform drug treatment programs and services in the criminal justice setting.

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Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

Published October 1999. Revised January 2018.

Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment for a variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs, that can inform drug treatment programs and services. En Español

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

Revised March 2016.

This guide, intended for parents, practitioners, and policymakers, begins with a list of 7 principles addressing the specific ways in which early interventions can have positive effects on development; these principles reflect findings on the influence of intervening early with vulnerable populations, on the course of child development, and on common elements of early childhood programs.

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Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood A Research-Based Guide (In Brief)

Published September 2016.

This brief guide highlights seven evidence-based principles of prevention for use in the early years of a child’s life (prenatal through age 8), developed from research funded in full or in part by NIDA. This guide also lists evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that work with different populations and age groups.

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Research Training at NIDA

Published June 2010.

This update to NIDA's Research Training Brochure provides the latest information on training and career development grants that aim to provide such support.

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Resource Guide: Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings

Published April 2009. Revised March 2012.

Provides clinicians serving adult populations in general medical settings with the tools and procedures necessary to conduct screening, brief intervention, and/or treatment referral for patients who may have or be at risk of developing a substance use disorder.

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Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask

Published December 2011. Revised June 2013.

Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program. En Español

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Step by Step Guides to Finding Treatment for Drug Use Disorders

Published January 2016. Revised October 2019.

This publication is filled with resources and information to help you or someone you care about who might have a drug use problem.

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Steroids and Other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) (Research Reports)

Published July 2001. Revised February 2018.

Explores the latest research on steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs), including why people misuse APEDs, effects they can have on physical and behavioral health, prevention research, and effective treatment approaches. En Español

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