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Research Reports: Prescription Opioids and Heroin

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.

DrugFacts—Heroin

Revised June 2018.

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. 

Research Reports: Heroin

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.  In Spanish

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.  In Spanish

Research Reports: Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Published May 2017. Revised June 2018.

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

DrugFacts—Fentanyl

Published June 2016. Revised June 2016.

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

Mind Matters: Opioids

Published July 2018.

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how prescription pain medicines, opioids, change the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. Formerly referred to as Mind Over Matters, this booklet is part of a series focused on easy-to-understand scientific facts. For a limited time, both the Mind Over Matters and Mind Matters series will be available to order or access online. In Spanish

Treating Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy

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.

Improving Opioid Prescribing

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.

Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science

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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