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October 2019

Provides parents with research-based skills to help keep their children drug-free.

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October 2019

Resources and information to help you or someone you care about who might have a drug use problem.

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December 2017

Provides teens with straight facts about marijuana.

Pregnant? Concerned About Opioid Use?
November 2017

Provides information and resources to seek treatment.

DrugFacts Lessons from Prevention Research
March 2014

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

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August 2012

Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. 

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September 2011

Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. 

September 2010

Outlines NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research strategic priorities for the next 5 years, focusing on prevention, treatment, HIV/AIDS, and other cross-cutting issues.

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March 2010

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Education, has developed interactive, science-based supplements for use by high school students and teachers (grades 9-12) in the science classroom.

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Prescription Drug Poster
March 2010

Raises awareness of the health consequences of improper use of prescription drugs and contrasts it with the benefits of safe and proper prescription drug use.

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December 2009

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

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November 2009

Discusses the importance of quality mentorship in drug use research and offers suggestions for creating a successful mentor and mentee relationship.

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Patient sitting on treatment table
April 2009

Encourages patients to discuss any and all drug use—including prescription and over-the-counter medications—with their doctors and other health care professionals.

October 2008

Reports on NIDA's 5-year plan to address the drug abuse and addiction research needs of racial/ethnic minority and other health disparity groups.

Community Monitoring Systems: Tracking and Improving the Well-Being of America's Children and Adolescents
September 2007

Describes community systems that monitor the well-being of children and adolescents and lists recommendations that define the next steps for creating and mentoring effective community monitoring systems.

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June 2007

Brain Power! is designed to take students through a step-by-step exploration of the processes of science and how to use these processes to learn about scientists and the different work they do, the brain, the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the nervous system and the body. 

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September 2006

Provides guidelines for establishing epidemiology networks to monitor and assess drug abuse patterns and trends and emerging drug problems at community and State levels.

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NIDA Community Drug Alert Bulletin - Prescription Drugs Cover
September 2005

Prescription drug abuse is an emerging problem in our country, and one that is showing an increasing trend. 

Drug Abuse and Addiction:  One of America's Most Challenging Public Health Problems
June 2005

As a way to succinctly present some of the significant reasons why drug abuse and addiction are such challenging public health problems, staff at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have compiled some key facts, graphics and messages. We hope this resource will be useful to you as you continue to educate yourself and others on this critical issue.

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January 2005

One of the most dangerous substances abused by children and teens are toxic substances collectively referred to as inhalants - breathable chemical vapors that produce mind-altering effects.

NIDA Community Drug Alert Bulletin - Club Drugs
May 2004

"Club drug" is a vague term that refers to a wide variety of drugs including MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD. Uncertainties about the drug sources, pharmacological agents, chemicals used to manufacture them, and possible contaminants make it difficult to determine toxicity, consequences, and symptoms. However, the information in this bulletin is based on scientifically sound data regarding the use of these drugs.

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September 2003

The purpose of this report is to provide policymakers, program leaders and staff, health administrators, scientists, and others with information that may help them understand the nature and extent of illegal drug use, associated behaviors, and problems that now affect our Nation’s racial/ethnic minority populations and the current non-Hispanic White majority population.

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Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse
August 2003

More than 20 years of research has shown that addiction is clearly treatable. Addiction treatment has been effective in reducing drug use and HIV infection, diminishing the health and social costs that result from addiction, and decreasing criminal behavior. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on drug abuse and addiction, has found that behavioral approaches can be very effective in treating cocaine addiction.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Drug Abuse in Family Practice - American Family Physician Monograph
January 2003

This American Family Physician monograph is made possible with federal funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The information presented and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its parent agencies, the National Institutes of Health or the United States Public Health Service; American Family Physician, or its publisher, the American Academy of Family Physicians. Any recommendation made by the authors must be weighed against the physician's own clinical judgment, based on but not limited to such factors as the patient's condition, benefits versus risks of suggested treatment and comparisons with recommendations of pharmaceutical compendia and other authorities.

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March 2002

Research has yielded a set of scientifically based principles that should prove useful to community planners, policymakers, service providers, and medical practitioners as they develop and implement programs to prevent the spread of HIV and other infections among injecting and non-injecting drug users and their sexual partners.

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Community Drug Alert Bulletin - Stress & Substance Abuse
January 2002

Researchers have long recognized the strong correlation between stress and substance abuse, particularly in prompting relapse. Although exposure to stress is a common occurrence for many of us,it is also one of the most powerful triggers for relapse to substance abuse in addicted individuals - even after long periods of abstinence.

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November 2001

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., people across the country and abroad are struggling with the emotional impact of large-scale damage and loss of life, as well as the uncertainty of what will happen next. These are stressful times for all and may be particularly difficult times for people who are more vulnerable to substance abuse or may be recovering from an addiction.

NIDA Clinical Toolbox
September 2000

The NIDA Clinical Toolbox is a compilation of publications based on NIDA-supported research, including the first three in a series of drug treatment therapy manuals and our most recent publication, Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.

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September 2000

Since 1985, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has conducted research to determine the most effective ways to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission by drug users and their sexual partners. Findings from more than 30 studies reported that community-based outreach is an effective strategy for reaching drug-using populations and providing them with the means for behavior change.

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July 2000

The consequences of drug and alcohol abuse in the United States are enormously costly. Although the costs can be evaluated in dollars, they are more readily understood in human terms: family discord, neglect of children, personal misery, financial straits, medical problems, fetal alcohol syndrome, HIV infection, legal problems, incarceration, automobile accidents, lower work productivity, and job loss and the list goes on. Combating and reducing the source of these problems have proven to be difficult indeed, but one of the most straightforward and noncontroversial ways is to provide effective treatment to drug abusers.

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NIDA Community Drug Alert Bulletin - Hepatitis C
May 2000

Hepatitis C is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States. Approximately 4 million Americans have been infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). And epidemiologic studies show that HCV is now endemic among injection drug users (IDUs), the result of risk behaviors such as sharing of syringes and other paraphernalia.

NIDA Community Drug Alert Bulletin - Anabolic Steroids
April 2000

Since the 1950s, some athletes have taken anabolic steroids to build muscles and boost their athletic performance. Increasingly, other segments of the population also have been taking these synthetic substances

An Individual Drug Counseling Approach to Treat Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model
September 1999

This series reflects NIDA's commitment to rapidly applying basic findings in real-life settings. The manuals are derived from those used efficaciously in NIDA-supported drug abuse treatment studies. They are intended for use by drug abuse treatment practitioners, mental health professionals, and all others concerned with the treatment of drug addiction.

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Counseling for Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model
September 1999

The therapies presented in this series exemplify the best of what we currently know about treating drug addiction. As our knowledge evolves, new and improved therapies are certain to emerge.

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September 1999

The Sixth Triennial Report to Congress from the Secretary of Health and Human Services

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August 1999

The manual describes several ways to determine cost effectiveness and benefits, ranging from simple educated estimates to sophisticated, computerized methods. It even shows you how to find people at little or no cost to help you collect and analyze the data.

NIDA Community Drug Alert Bulletin - Methamphetamine
October 1998

NIDA Supported researchers are working to develop effective medications to treat this addiction, as well as new meth antidotes for use by emergency room physicians to treat meth- related overdoses.

A Community Reinforcement Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction
April 1998

Cocaine dependence remains an intractable U.S. public health problem that contributes to many of our most disturbing social problems, including the spread of infectious disease (e.g., HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis), crime, violence, poverty, traumatic injuries, and neonatal drug exposure. 

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A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction
April 1998

Cognitive-behavioral coping skills treatment (CBT) is a short-term, focused approach to helping cocaine-dependent individuals become abstinent from cocaine and other substances. 

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Don't Harm Yourself
November 1997

To help protect our children, we have developed an anti-drug program involving the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Scholastic Inc. Your child's teachers have received free classroom materials as part of this campaign. From Donna E. ShalalaSecretary of Health and Human Services

Women and Drug Abuse
January 1994

Today, more than 4 million women in this country use drugs. Women of all ages, races and cultures..... Women just like your best friend, your sister, your co-worker, or your daughter....Women just like you.

Drug abuse is a serious, continuing illness. There are no easy cures.

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