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Substance Use and Military Life (DrugFacts)

Published March 2013. Revised October 2019.

Offers an overview of trends of drug use in the military and the special risks faced by this population. En Español

Substance Use in Women (DrugFacts)

Revised August 2018.

Provides a summary of key points related to women and substance use, including sex and gender differences in substance use and addiction treatment, and how substance use affects a mother and her baby. En Español

Substance Use in Women (Research Reports)

Published July 2015. Revised July 2018.

Examines women and substance use, including sex and gender differences in use, how substance use affects a mother and her baby, and sex and gender differences in drug addiction treatment.  

Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) (DrugFacts)

Revised February 2018.

A plain language summary of synthetic cannabinoids, how they are used, and how they affect the brain and body. En Español

Synthetic Cathinones ("Bath Salts") (DrugFacts)

Revised February 2018.

A plain language summary of synthetic cathinones and their health effects. En Español

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The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opioids, and Marijuana (Teaching Packets)

Revised November 2019.

The first in a 5-part series, offers an understanding of the brain, how the reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opioids (heroin), or marijuana.

Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Published January 2000. Revised March 2010.

Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.

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The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction (Teaching Packets)

Revised November 2019.

The second in a 5-part series, explores the science behind addiction, describing the brain and reward center, and the action of heroine and cocaine.

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The Neurobiology of Ecstasy (MDMA) (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.

The fourth in a 5-part series, explores the biology behind ecstasy use in the brain and discusses both short- and long-term effects of its use.

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Therapeutic Communities (Research Reports)

Revised July 2015.

Describes a type of long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders called therapeutic communities, including how they treat populations with special needs and how they can be incorporated into the criminal justice system.

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Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes (Research Reports)

Published July 1998. Revised November 2019.

Discusses the harmful effects of tobacco use, risks associated with pregnancy and adolescents, as well as best practices for the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction. En Español

Treating Opioid Addiction in Criminal Justice Settings

Treating Opioid Addiction in Criminal Justice Settings (Policy Briefs)

Published December 2017. Revised December 2017.

This brief fact sheet provides information about why it is important to treat opioid addiction in criminal justice settings and how treatment is being provided.

Treating Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy

Treating Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy (Policy Briefs)

Published July 2017. Revised July 2017.

This brief fact sheet discusses the risks of untreated opioid use disorder during pregnancy, particularly neonatal abstinence syndrome, and provides evidence-based treatment options that have been shown to be safe and effective.

Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction (DrugFacts)

Revised January 2019.

A plain language summary of the behavioral therapies, medications, and devices that can be used to treat substance use disorders. En Español

Treatment Statistics (DrugFacts)

Revised January 2019.

List of resources to help find treatment data.

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Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says (Teaching Packets)

Revised February 2016.

The third in a 5-part series, reviews the science behind drug abuse and addiction and introduces the topics of prevention and treatment.

Understanding Drug Use and Addiction (DrugFacts)

Revised June 2018.

Provides an overview of drug use and addiction, including what happens in the brain during drug use, why some people become addicted while others don’t, and the importance of prevention. En Español

Vaping Devices (Electronic Cigarettes) (DrugFacts)

Revised December 2019.

A plain-language research summary that describes how e-cigarettes work, how safe they are compared to traditional cigarettes, and if they can help with smoking cessation. En Español

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