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Picture of Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease.

Versión en español:
La Ciencia de la Adiccion
Picture of Drugs: Shatter the Myths

Answers teens’ most frequently asked questions about drugs and abuse with scientific facts and engaging images.

Picture of Explorando La Mente: Las Respuesta del Cerebro a los Medicamentos de Prescripcion

El abuso de los medicamentos de prescripción ocurre cuando se toman sin que el doctor los haya recetado o si se toman de una manera o en una cantidad diferente a como fueron recetados. El abuso de los medicamentos de prescripción puede tener efectos graves y nocivos para la salud, incluyendo la intoxicación o el envenenamiento, e incluso la muerte.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 10-11 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles to teach middle and high school students the repercussions of abusing prescription drugs—both pain medications and stimulants. Learn the difference between their proper use and abuse. Get the facts about their dangers. Separate facts and myths. Topics include prescription drugs, opioids and stimulants. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body – Year 10-11 Compilation for Teachers

A booklet of skill-building extension activities to help students (grades 7–12) understand how prescription pain and stimulant medications can be both lifesaving and dangerous. Topics covered are prescription drugs, opioids and stimulants. Includes individual lesson plans, worksheets, Q&A, multiple choice quizzes, and other resources. Complements the student companion piece. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 13-14 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students about the extraordinary complexities of the brain, including such topics as how drugs overload the brain's reward system; how actions in youth impact the brain's efficiencies through synaptic pruning; and why teen brains are inclined toward impulsivity and the benefits of "pausing" before making decisions. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 13-14 Compilation for Teachers

A teacher lesson plan designed to teach students (grades 7–12) about the extraordinary complexities of the brain, including such topics as how drugs overload the brain's reward system; how actions in youth impact the brain's efficiencies through synaptic pruning; and why teen brains are inclined toward impulsivity and the benefits of "pausing" before making decisions. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 14-15 Compilation for Teachers

A teacher lesson plan designed to teach students (grades 7–12) the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amidst shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing. Additional topics include tobacco and nicotine. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 17-18 Compilation for Students
A collection of articles designed to teach students about how genes affect addiction and how synthetic drugs can be dangerous. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to tell real science from made-up claims. Accompanying teacher’s guide also available.
Picture of La Ciencia de la Adiccion

Proporciona información científica sobre la enfermedad de la drogadicción, incluyendo las muchas consecuencias nocivas del uso indebido de drogas y los enfoques básicos que se han desarrollado para prevenir y tratar la enfermedad. Para ver o descargar una versión electrónica actualizada de La Ciencia de la Adicción, haga clic aquí. La versión impresa anterior, que se encuentra en esta página, todavía tiene contenido relevante. 

Picture of Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Presented in question-and-answer format and targeted to teens, provides facts about marijuana and its potential harmful effects.

Picture of Mind Matters: Drugs and the Brain
This series is designed for young people in 5th through 8th grades. This title explains how the brain develops and how using drugs can damage the brain.
Picture of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Marijuana
This series is designed for young people in 5th through 8th grades. This title explains how people use marijuana and how marijuana affects the brain and body.
Picture of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Nicotine
This series is designed for young people in 5th through 8th grades. This title describes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, and other tobacco products and provides information on how nicotine affects the brain and body.
Picture of Mind Matters: The Body's Response to Opioids
This series is designed for young people in 5th through 8th grades. This title describes what opioids are, how they affect the brain, and how they can affect your life.
Picture of Mind Over Matter Kit (Spanish)

Esta serie completa fue diseñada para alentar a los muchachos del 6º al 8º grado a que aprendan sobre los efectos del abuso de drogas sobre el cuerpo y el cerebro.

Picture of Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Anabolic Steroids

For young teens (grades 6–8). Explains how anabolic steroids can cause liver damage and cancer and weaken the immune system.

Versión en español:
Mind Over Matter Kit (Spanish)
Picture of Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Cocaine

For young teens (grades 6–8). Explores how cocaine changes the way nerve cells communicate in the brain and the negative effects the drug can have on the body.

Versión en español:
Mind Over Matter Kit (Spanish)
Picture of Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Hallucinogens

For young teens (grades 6–8). Explains how hallucinogens affect the brain’s communication centers as well as its ability to control sleep and emotions.

Versión en español:
Mind Over Matter Kit (Spanish)
Picture of Mind Over Matter: The Brain's Response to Inhalants

For young teens (grades 6–8). Describes how inhalants, such as hair spray, gasoline, and spray paint, can cause nerve cell damage in the brain that can affect the body in a lot of ways.

Versión en español:
Mind Over Matter Kit (Spanish)