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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: Download the Facts Poster (Teaching Guide)

Published September 2011.

Front: Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. Back: Four lesson plans for teachers, including critical-thinking activity worksheets and answer keys. Reviews basic marijuana facts. Helps students differentiate between fact and opinion, understand the importance of sources, analyze an editorial cartoon, and realize how messages about drugs are communicated, overtly and hidden, in songs and music videos. 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 May 2015.

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 June 2016.

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.

MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) (DrugFacts)

Revised October 2016.

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 October 2016.

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

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Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction (Research Reports)

Published May 2017. Revised May 2017.

Discusses effective medications used to treat opioid use disorders: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

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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 September 2013.

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 February 2017.

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

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Methamphetamine (Mind Over Matter)

Published October 2000.

Explains to young teens how methamphetamine acts in the body and the brain and what happens with long-term use of the drug. En Español

Misuse of Prescription Drugs Research Report

Misuse of Prescription Drugs (Research Reports)

Published July 2001. Revised August 2016.

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 2016.

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 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 2017.

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

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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Nicotine (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1998.

Describes to young teens how nicotine affects the entire body and discusses dependency, treatment, and effects of long-term nicotine use. En Español

Opioids (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised September 2014.

Describes to young teens how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain—including the limbic system—and the nervous system. 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.

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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. Postcard version available for order at https://drugpubs.drugabuse.gov/publications/nidamed-patient-postcard

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications (DrugFacts)

Revised November 2015.

Provides an overview of commonly abused over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—and explains effects on the brain and reported use. En Español

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Prescription Drug Poster

Published March 2010.

Raises awareness of the health consequences of improper use of prescription drugs and contrasts it with the benefits of safe and proper prescription drug use.

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Prescription Drugs (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 2009.

Explains to young teens how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems. En Español

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Prescription Opioids and Heroin (Research Reports)

Published October 2015. Revised December 2015.

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.

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