Latest Publications

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 Brain Power! Challenge Posters Grade 6-9 (5 groups of 6 different posters in 1 set)

A poster set providing visual aids for an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9. See accompanying curriculum, Brain Power! Challenge Grades 6-9: Science-Based Drug Abuse Information for Students.

Picture of The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.

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 Prescription Drugs

For young teens (grades 6–8). Explains how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems.

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

For young teens (grades 6–8). Describes how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system, which controls emotions.

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

For young teens (grades 6–8). Describes how nicotine acts on the heart to change heart rate and blood pressure, and discusses dependency, treatment, and effects of long-term nicotine use.

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

For young teens (grades 6–8). Explains how methamphetamine acts in the body and the brain and what happens with long-term use of the drug.

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

For young teens (grades 6–8). Explains how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes changes in the brain that affect memory, emotions, balance, and judgment.

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)
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 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 Marijuana: Lo que los padres deben saber (Marijuana:  Facts Parents Need to Know)

Folleto en forma de preguntas y respuestas, ofrece datos a los padres sobre la marihuana, consejos sobre cómo hablar con sus hijos sobre esta droga y sus efectos nocivos potenciales.

Picture of Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

Brochure, in question-and-answer format, that provides facts about marijuana for parents and offers tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects.

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 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 Hable con Sus Hijos Sobre Las Drogas y Sus Peligros Speak to Your Children About Drugs/Their Danger

Insta a los padres a que aprendan más sobre el abuso de drogas y a que hablen con sus hijos sobre las drogas y sus peligros y presenta los diversos temas incluidos en el folleto.

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 Drugs: Shatter the Myths

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

Picture of Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Prog: Grades 4-5 DVD

Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 4–5 to explore the human brain and the effects of drugs on the brain. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, parent newsletter, poster, and DVD for Mac computers. Online videos available for other devices.

Picture of Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Prog: Grades 2-3 DVD

Provides a science program for students in grades 2–3 to educate on their brains, why they should protect them, and how drugs such as nicotine and inhalants can be of harm. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent’s guide, and a DVD for Mac computers. Online videos available for other devices.

Picture of Prescription Drugs Poster

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.

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. 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. 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 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 Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask

Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.

Picture of Brain Power! Challenge Grade 6-9: Science-Based Drug Abuse Information for Students

Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent newsletter, and a CD-Rom.

Picture of Heads Up: Drugs & The Body- It Isn't Pretty. Double Sided English/Spanish Poster

A graphic tour of how the body is affected by various drugs of abuse. Includes an annotated “body” poster for your classroom wall along with six skills sheets. One side in English; the other in Spanish.

Picture of Marijuana: Download the Facts Spanish & English Poster

Double-sided poster for teens and young adults: one side English, one side Spanish. Emphasizes three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. 

Picture of Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Teaching Guide) Poster

Front: Powerful imagery shows teens and young adults how drugs of abuse damage major organs. A provocative and engaging educational tool. Back: Four critical-thinking activity worksheets and lesson plans on drugs of abuse: a basic neuroscience lesson on how the brain governs the body; an in-depth look at how different drugs damage various vital organs; an activity using a diagram to explore how abusing drugs can damage relationships; and an exercise on how to read a statistical graph on emergency room visits to show the impact of drugs on society.

Picture of Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Program Posters: Grades K-1

Offers supplemental posters to an interactive science education program for students in grades K–1 about scientists, the brain, the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the human body.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 12-13 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students about the wide-ranging effects of various drugs on the brain, body, and life. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 12-13 Compilation for Teachers

A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students (grades 7–12) about the wide-ranging effects of various drugs on the brain, body, and life. 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.

Marijuana English Single-Sided Poster

Single-sided English poster for teens and young adults. Emphasizes three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving.

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. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

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

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students 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. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Drogas: Derribemos los mitos (Drugs: Shatter the Myths)

Respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes por adolescentes acerca de las drogas y el abuso con datos científicos e imágenes atractivas.

Picture of Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

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

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 15-16 Compilation for Students
A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: find unbiased, scientific answers to their questions about drugs and health; understand how their brains make decisions and how to better navigate peer-pressure situations; and receive information on the bodily risks associated with opioid medications. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 15-16 Compilation for Teachers
A collection of teacher lesson plans designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: find unbiased, scientific answers to their questions about drugs and health; understand how their brains make decisions and how to better navigate peer-pressure situations; and receive information on the bodily risks associated with opioid medications. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Respect Teaching Guide Poster
This guide develops students’ understanding of how respect is key to healthy behaviors and building healthy relationships. Includes a classroom poster, lessons and activities, and work sheets.