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DrugFacts—Synthetic Cathinones ("Bath Salts")

Revised January 2016.

Describes how synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts,” are abused, their effects on the brain, and other health effects. 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—Synthetic Cannabinoids

Revised November 2015.

Explains what synthetic cannabinoids are and provides basic facts about methods of use, their growing popularity, and potential health effects.  En Español

DrugFacts—Is Marijuana Medicine?

Revised July 2015.

Offers facts about marijuana as a legal medical treatment and about potential and approved treatments using chemicals derived from marijuana (cannabinoids). En Español

DrugFacts—Nationwide Trends

Revised June 2015.

Describes nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction, focusing on past-month use for illicit drugs (including marijuana and prescription drugs), alcohol, and tobacco. En Español


Revised October 2014.

Offers basic facts about heroin, including how it is abused, its affect on the brain, other health effects, treatment options, and reported use by youth.

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.

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. En Español

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. En Español


Revised January 2014.

Provides facts about the stimulant drug methamphetamine, including how it affects the brain, other adverse health effects, and trends and data on its use among youth. En Español


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