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Research Reports: Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Published July 2001. Revised January 2018.

Offers the latest research findings on prescription drug misuse, including the classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly misused, possible effects on the brain and body, and treatment options for prescription drug addiction. In Spanish

Mind Over Matter: 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

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. 

DrugFacts—Prescription Opioids

Published June 2018. Revised June 2018.

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

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.

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—Monitoring the Future Survey: High School and Youth Trends

Revised December 2017.

Describes high school and youth trends for drug use and addiction, as presented in the annual Monitoring the Future survey. Includes emphasis on marijuana, cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription drugs. 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

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