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Anabolic Steroids (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.

Explains to young teens how anabolic steroids affect the brain and body and disrupt normal hormone function. En Español

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Brain Power: Grades 4-5 (Brain Power)

Published January 2005. Revised September 2012.

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, parent newsletters, posters, and videos.

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Brain Power: Grades 6-9 (Brain Power)

Published June 2007.

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, resources for students, parent guides, and online activities.

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Cocaine (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.

Explores with young teens how cocaine changes the way nerve cells communicate in the brain and the negative effects the drug can have on the body. En Español

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Complete Set (Mind Over Matter)

Revised January 2009.

A complete set of all nine Mind Over Matter booklets—The Brain's Response to: Cocaine, Hallucinogens, Inhalants, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine, Opiates, Prescription Drugs, and Steroids. En Español

Drugs and Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Teaching Guide) Poster

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

Published October 2012.

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. 

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

Published April 2007. Revised July 2014.

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. En Español

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Drugs: SHATTER THE MYTHS

Published October 2010. Revised March 2015.

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

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Family Checkup

Published October 2012. Revised August 2015.

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

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Hallucinogens (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.

Explains to young teens how hallucinogens affect the brain’s communication centers as well as its ability to control sleep and emotions. En Español

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Heads Up: Drugs & The Body - It Isn't Pretty English/Spanish Poster

Published August 2003. Revised August 2011.

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.

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Inhalants (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997.

Describes to young teens how inhalants, such as hair spray, gasoline, and spray paint, can cause nerve cell damage in the brain that can affect the body in many ways. En Español

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Marijuana (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised August 2014.

Explains to young teens how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes changes in the brain that affect memory, emotions, balance, and judgment. En Español

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Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster

Published August 2012.

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 it impairs driving. See also Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body—Year 13-14 Compilations for Students and Teachers.

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Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Published April 2001. Revised May 2015.

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

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Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

Published April 2001. Revised June 2016.

Provides important facts about marijuana and offers parents tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects. En Español

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Methamphetamine (Mind Over Matter)

Published October 2000.

Explains to young teens how methamphetamine acts in the body and the brain and what happens with long-term use of the drug. En Español

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Nicotine (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1998.

Describes to young teens how nicotine affects the entire body and discusses dependency, treatment, and effects of long-term nicotine use. En Español

Opioids (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 1997. Revised September 2014.

Describes to young teens how opioids, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain—including the limbic system—and the nervous system. En Español

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Prescription Drug Poster

Published 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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Prescription Drugs (Mind Over Matter)

Published January 2009.

Explains to young teens how prescription drugs, when used improperly, can cause addiction and other harmful health problems. En Español

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Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood A Research-Based Guide (In Brief)

Published September 2016.

This brief guide highlights seven evidence-based principles of prevention for use in the early years of a child’s life (prenatal through age 8), developed from research funded in full or in part by NIDA. This guide also lists evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that work with different populations and age groups.

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Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask

Published December 2011. Revised June 2013.

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

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Teacher's Guide (Mind Over Matter)

Published December 1997. Revised May 2005.

Equips teachers with background information and lesson plans on drug abuse and addiction for use with the booklets in the Mind Over Matter series.

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.

The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Published January 2000. Revised March 2010.

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.

NIDA Notes: The Latest in Drug Abuse Research

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