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Learn More about Substance Abuse and Addiction


Click on Easy-to-Read Drug Facts (the teal icon¹ below) to learn more about substance abuse and addictions, including:

  • Commonly abused drugs (in detail): alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, pain medication, and others
  • Videos about addiction
  • Articles on relevant topics
  • Drug Abuse and Addiction: signs, risk factors, relationship between the two, and family predisposition
  • Effects of drugs: medical, social, relationship with mental health issues
  • Recovery and Treatment
  • Prevention of drug abuse


Easy-to-read drug facts site:

Click on Above Icon




Click on Nida for Teens-the Science Behind Drug Abuse (the black icon² below) to learn more about:

  • Drug Facts
  • Prescription Drug Abuse by teens
  • Interactives & Videos: games, “Drug IQ Challenge”, “CSI Web Adventure,” videos of teens, and much more
  • Drug and Health Blog: articles on Naloxone, “Truth in Social Media”, Prince, opioids; tips to cope with stress; and much more
  • Downloads: make own t-shirts, screen savers and more
  • National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week – what is it and when
  • Parent Section: “Drugs & Your Kids”, scientific facts about drugs, and drug abuse treatment
  • Teacher Section: science based resources, lesson & activity finder and more


NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse





Drugs & Health – NIDA’s Blog for Teens“³ – created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse top help teens with substance abuse and addictions.(Click on the green icon below for past articles. The most recent articles are listed below the icon.)


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¹ ² ³ (all three icons): National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services