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Share educational materials on addiction and substance use with your patients and their families.


General Drug Facts & Information about Addiction

Web content on drugs and addiction providing plain language Drug Facts on many different drugs; the Drugs, Brain, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction publication, which explains the impact of drugs and addiction on the brain; the NIDA Website in Spanish; and Easy-to-Read Drug Facts with pictures and videos to help readers understand addiction and treatment—it can also read each page out loud for those with reading difficulties.

Addiction Treatment

Patients can learn more about addiction treatment programs by reviewing the Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask booklet and using SAMHSA’s Find Treatment resource to connect with several treatment options and support hotlines.

You might also share with patients the Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Guide for Patients, Families and Friends guide which covers assessment and treatment for addiction. 


Patients can use visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Opioid Crisis page to learn more about the effects of the opioid crisis and to stay up-to-date with opioid-related stats, research, and addiction services. This resource also includes a National Helpline and a locator to help patients find treatment options for opioid use disorder.


Patients can learn about marijuana risks from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s new page, Know the Risks of Marijuana. This page has videos, a marijuana IQ test, and links to other references and relevant resources.

Factsheets and Posters

Share fact sheets with patients about safe opioid use and chronic pain from the American College of Physicians. NIDAMED also offers a patient fact sheet series on: prescription drugsmarijuana, and treatment options and posters to hang in clinician offices encouraging patient-physician conversations and on prescription drugs.

Pregnant Patients

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) offers infographics on Marijuana and Pregnancy, Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy, and Alcohol and Pregnancy. They also have helpful and informative answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Marijuana and Pregnancy; Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy; Alcohol and Women; Smoking; and Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Pregnancy.

Teens & Parents  

Booklets and web content explaining the effects of drugs on the brain and body.

For parents: Posters and instructions on how to Safely Dispose of Your Prescription Medicines to help protect your teens; and the Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse booklet and videos highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.