Publications

Health Consequences of Drug Misuse

 |  Drug addiction is a brain disease. Although initial drug use might be voluntary, drugs of abuse have been shown to alter gene expression and brain circuitry, which in turn affect...

Heroin DrugFacts

 |  A plain-language research summary about heroin, including basic facts such as methods of use, its effects on the brain, other health effects, and treatment options.

Improving Opioid Prescribing

 |  This brief fact sheet provides information about the risks of prescription opioid pain relievers and a summary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guideline for Opioid Prescribing for...

Inhalants DrugFacts

 |  Provides an overview of inhalants, including types of products commonly inhaled, effects on the brain, other adverse health effects, and potential for addiction.

Marijuana DrugFacts

 |  A plain-language summary about marijuana, how people use it, its effects on the brain and overall health, and treatment options for misuse.

Marijuana Research Report

 |  Explores the latest research on marijuana, including the scope of marijuana use in the U.S., health consequences, its effects on everyday activities, and available treatments.

Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster

 |  Posters for teens and young adults. Single-sided English and double-sided English/Spanish versions available. Emphasizes three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and...

Media Guide

 |  Provides journalists with the latest findings on the science of drug abuse and addiction and commonly abused drugs, and lists resources for more information.

Methamphetamine DrugFacts

 |  Provides facts about the stimulant drug methamphetamine, including how it affects the brain, other adverse health effects, and secondhand methamphetamine smoke.