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Research Reports: Prescription Opioids and Heroin

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.

Mind Over Matter: Opioids

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


Published June 2016. Revised June 2016.

Offers basic facts about the synthetic opioid Fentanyl including how it is abused, its affect on the brain, and other health effects. En Español


Published February 2016.

Provides basic information about kratom, including methods of abuse, effects on the brain, and addiction potential.  En Español

Research Reports: Prescription Drug Abuse

Published July 2001. Revised November 2014.

Examines the non-medical use of prescription drugs—opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants—describing adverse health effects of their use and the prevention and treatment of addiction. En Español

Research Reports: Heroin

Published October 1997. Revised November 2014.

Offers the latest scientific information on heroin use and its consequences as well as treatment options available for those struggling with heroin addiction.  En Español

DrugFacts—Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

Revised July 2016.

Describes research findings on effective medication and behavioral treatment approaches for drug addiction and discusses special considerations for the criminal justice setting. En Español

DrugFacts—Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

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

DrugFacts—Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse

Revised May 2014.

Provides facts about the abuse of cough syrups and other cold medicines, including their effects on the brain and dangers of using these products to get high.

The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, 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, opiates (heroine), or marijuana.

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