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DrugFacts: Prescription Opioids

Revised June 2019.

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

Mind Matters: Opioids

Published July 2018. Revised 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 Matter, this booklet is part of a series focused on easy-to-understand scientific facts. For a limited time, hard copies of the older Mind Over Matter series with Sara Bellum are still available from our clearinghouse. In Spanish

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

DrugFacts: Over-the-Counter Medicines

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. In Spanish

DrugFacts: Criminal Justice

Published June 2019.

Looks at the challenges with substance use disorders (SUDs) among people in the criminal justice system, and why treatment and follow up is important for inmates. In Spanish

DrugFacts: Naloxone

Published January 2019.

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

Mind Matters: Prescription Drugs

Published January 2009.

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

The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opioids and Marijuana

Revised January 2007.

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.

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.

DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

Revised January 2019.

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

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