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October 18, 2018

Prescription For Disaster

Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents and caregivers don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers. Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine is a guide that helps parents and caregivers understand and identify the medications teens are abusing. An invaluable resource for parents and caregivers, Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine presents prescription drug basics, includes information about commonly abused prescription drugs, lists steps parents and caregivers can take to keep their teens drug free, and more.

October 4, 2018

How to Properly Dispose of Your Unused Medicines

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. The Drug Enforcement Administration provides guidance on the right way to dispose of unused medicine.

December 11, 2017


Spanish version of publication, Growing Up Drug-Free:  A Parent's Guide to Prevention (April 2017).


June 15, 2017

Drugs of Abuse

Drugs of Abuse delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way. With the information in this guide, parents and caregivers can help their children make smart choices and avoid the consequences of drug abuse. This publication covers topics including the Controlled Substances Act and introduces drug classes including narcotics, stimulants, marijuana/cannabis, inhalants, steroids, and more.  Drugs of Abuse also provides information about drugs of concern and designer drugs, including synthetic opioids and  “bath salts.”

April 27, 2017

Growing up Drug-Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention (2017)

DEA partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to update this publication that was last revised in 2012. This 40-page booklet offers information to help parents and other caregivers raise drug-free children. The guide includes an overview of substance use among youth; descriptions of substances young people may use; a look at risk factors that may make kids more vulnerable to trying and using drugs, and protective factors to offset those risks; suggestions for how to talk to children about drugs, regardless of their age; and tips on what to do if you suspect your child is using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

January 1, 2017

Infographic-Marijuana Use and Prescription Drug Use Among College Students (2017)

This infographic highlights the issue of marijuana use and prescription drug misuse among college students, including its prevalence and consequences. Information also is provided on what can be done to prevent marijuana use and prescription drug misuse among college students, and what is needed moving forward.

January 1, 2017

Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth and Young Adults (2017)

This publication provides an overview of the prevalence of marijuana use among youth and young adults; the physical, academic, and social consequences; tips for how to get involved to prevent marijuana use among youth and young adults; and federal resources to assist in such efforts.

February 1, 2016

Chasing The Dragon Discussion Guide

The objectives of the discussion guide are to have students process and interact with the content covered in the film and then answer questions to demonstrate their understanding of the material.

December 1, 2015

The Truth About Prescription Drug Abuse

When used properly and as prescribed, prescription drugs may enhance one’s health, well-being, and quality of life; however, when prescription drugs are abused, the consequences can be deadly.

December 1, 2014

What You Should Know About Marijuana Concentrates

Marijuana Concentrates—also known as “THC Extractions” (2014) is a six panel, two-sided pamphlet that provides information on the dangers of marijuana concentrates. The pamphlet also describes the common street names, how it is abused, and the dangers of converting marijuana into marijuana concentrates using the butane extraction process.

January 1, 2014

The Facts About DXM

DXM is a cough suppressant that is found in more than 100 over- the-counter (OTC) cold medications. It can be used alone, or in
combination with other drugs such as analgesics, antihistamines, decongestants, and/or expectorants.

January 1, 2014

The Facts About Ecstasy and Molly

MDMA, (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic psychoactive drug. Ecstasy is the pill form of MDMA. Molly is the slang for "molecular" that refers to the powder or crystal form of MDMA. Molly is often mixed with other drugs and substances and is not pure MDMA or safe to use.

January 1, 2014

What You Should Know About K2/Spice

Spice or K2, also known as Synthetic Marijuana, is popular among youth.

January 1, 2014

The Truth About Heroin

Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug.

January 1, 2014

What You Should Know About...Marijuana

About 1 in 6 people or 17%, who start smoking marijuana in their teens will become addicted.

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