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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. 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.

DrugFacts—Lessons from Prevention Research

Revised March 2014.

Describes principles important to consider when developing drug abuse prevention programs and discusses issues relevant for family, school, and community settings. In Spanish

DrugFacts—Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines

Revised January 2014.

Offers basic facts about stimulant ADHD medications—methylphenidate and amphetamines—including their role in the treatment of ADHD, their affect on the brain, and the extent of abuse. In Spanish

DrugFacts—Drugged Driving

Revised June 2016.

Provides basic facts about drugged driving, including statistics, trends, and teen prevalence, and explains why drugged driving is hazardous, particularly as it relates to marijuana. In Spanish

DrugFacts—Drug-Related Hospital Emergency Room Visits

Revised May 2011.

Provides national estimates on drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments and makes comparisons with previous years’ data. Discusses illicit drugs, alcohol and other drugs, and prescription drugs. In Spanish

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