• One Pill Can KillOne Pill Can Kill

    The Drug Enforcement Administration warns the American public of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. 

  • Video Lesson: StimulantsVideo Lesson: Stimulants

    Using the illegal stimulants or misusing the prescriptions can lead to high blood pressure and can potentially cause a stroke. Watch this video lesson to learn more.

  • Video Lesson: SteroidsVideo Lesson: Steroids

    Watch the video to learn more about the long-term effects of steroid use.

  • Video Lesson: MarijuanaVideo Lesson: Marijuana

    Using marijuana can slow your reaction time and speed up your heart rate. It can also cause lung and breathing problems. Watch the video below to learn more. EDUCATORS: Head over to the Operation Prevention website for an accompanying activity.

  • Video Lesson: InhalantsVideo Lesson: Inhalants

    Did you know that inhalants can prevent the brain from getting its much-needed oxygen? Watch the animated video below to learn more. EDUCATORS: Head over to the Operation Prevention website for an accompanying activity.  

  • Video Lesson: HallucinogensVideo Lesson: Hallucinogens

    Hallucinogens - like LSD, peyote, and mushrooms - can cause permanent damage to the user's brain.

  • Video Lesson: DepressantsVideo Lesson: Depressants

    Misusing these prescription drugs can cause slurred speech, dizziness, a lack of coordination, and much more. Watch the video to learn more.

  • Victoria's StoryVictoria's Story

    Victoria's substance misuse began before she went to college. While on campus at Emory University in Georgia she helped start the school's recovery community.

  • Bertrand B's storyBertrand B's story

    Bertrand started misusing substances when he was only 9 years old. Today he is in recovery and works as an advocate for young people.

  • Honesty L's StoryHonesty L's Story

    Honesty started using drugs at 12 years old. She's been in recovery since 2007, and is now helping others as a CEO of a non-profit recovery resource foundation.

  • Michael Waggoner's storyMichael Waggoner's story

    I was an only child, the nerdy kid growing up, and didn’t really feel as if I fit in with anyone specific group of people. I wanted to be accepted, so I started hanging out with the cool kids and partying.

  • Marijuana FAQsMarijuana FAQs

    Are you looking for accurate info about marijuana online? We've pulled together a few of the most frequently asked questions about weed and answered them.

  • Marijuana’s Effect on the Developing Brain and PregnancyMarijuana’s Effect on the Developing Brain and Pregnancy

    Though marijuana laws are changing in states across the nation, the fact remains that using the drug still poses serious risks – especially for young people and pregnant women.

  • True Story: Jeremy B.True Story: Jeremy B.

    Jeremy started his drug use with marijuana, then moved on to heroin. Read his recovery story.

  • True Story: KristinaTrue Story: Kristina

    Kristina, who is currently in recovery, struggled with opioid addiction for years.

  • New Online Course: Addiction 101New Online Course: Addiction 101

    How much do you really know about drug addiction? This condition touches the lives of millions of Americans each year. So, understanding the science behind addiction can help us deal with its effects.

  • Hailey Hesch, New MexicoHailey Hesch, New Mexico

    At age 19, Hailey is recovering from years of heroin abuse at a treatment center in New Mexico.

  • John Paul HerreraJohn Paul Herrera

    John Herrera started experimenting with marijuana at just 11 years old. Then, at age 16,  the New Mexico native tried heroin for the first time.

  • Abbey Zorzi, 22Abbey Zorzi, 22

    I used to picture an addict as someone under a bridge with a needle in his arm. The end of addiction might look that way, but it sure doesn’t begin like that. I never pictured myself as a drug addict until I became one as a teenager.

  • Opioid Overdose SymptomsOpioid Overdose Symptoms

    Overdose symptoms can vary by the drug.

  • What Should You Do During a Drug Overdose?What Should You Do During a Drug Overdose?

    If you suspect your teen has overdosed, getting medical attention can save his or her life!

  • Chelsea Marie Heptig, 17, EcstasyChelsea Marie Heptig, 17, Ecstasy

    Ecstasy caused Chelsea to go unconscious and have powerful seizures. 

  • Jeremy Traylor, 18, OxyContinJeremy Traylor, 18, OxyContin

    Jeremy was 80 days sober before deciding to try OxyContin one more time.

  • Matthew McKinney, 17, HeroinMatthew McKinney, 17, Heroin

    Matthew was full of adventure, mischief and zest for life but things changed when he got addicted to drugs.

  • Cassie Haydal, 18, MethamphetamineCassie Haydal, 18, Methamphetamine

    Cassie was an honor roll student who was active in sports and volunteered at an after school program at her school. Her parents never suspected drug use until she suffered a heart attack from meth use.

  • Nick and Jack Savage, Indiana, Oxycodone and AlcoholNick and Jack Savage, Indiana, Oxycodone and Alcohol

    Indiana parents lost two sons to drug overdose.

  • Rachel Thraxton, Recovering Heroin Addict, Charleston, West VirginiaRachel Thraxton, Recovering Heroin Addict, Charleston, West Virginia

    For years Rachel was addicted to alcohol, pills and heroin.  Find out what advice she offers to young people.

  • William “Will” Christian Doerhoff, 20, Arkansas, Prescription Drugs and HeroinWilliam “Will” Christian Doerhoff, 20, Arkansas, Prescription Drugs and Heroin

    William “Will” Christian Doerhoff, a top-notch student in high school, didn't touch drugs until college. That decision ended up costing him his life.

  • Cash Owen, 22, heroin laced with fentanylCash Owen, 22, heroin laced with fentanyl

    Cash Owen, described as intelligent and charming by his family, was only 22 years old when he died from a drug overdose. Watch as his mother talks about his addiction and his final days.

  • Adam Moser, 27, Portsmouth, N.H, FentanylAdam Moser, 27, Portsmouth, N.H, Fentanyl

    Adam Moser was popular, adventurous, athletic, a college grad, a top fisherman and a World War II history buff who fluently spoke French. In 2015, he died at age 27 after overdosing on the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

  • Rx Awareness - Personal StoriesRx Awareness - Personal Stories

    Opioid addiction has reached a crisis level in communities across the nation. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched their Rx Awareness campaign to bring attention to the dangers of prescription drug abuse. See their stories.

  • How Do Drug Overdoses Happen?How Do Drug Overdoses Happen?

    (National Institute on Drug Abuse)  Unintentional drug poisoning deaths can happen when a drug or drugs are taken on purpose (or mixed together).

  • Even If You Can Smoke Pot, That Doesn't Mean You Should Even If You Can Smoke Pot, That Doesn't Mean You Should

    (Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 3) Just because it's there doesn't mean you should try it. It's an old adage that holds well when it comes to marijuana.

  • VIDEO: Fried Egg 2016VIDEO: Fried Egg 2016

    With the changing drug landscape, today's kids ask their parents very specific and challenging questions.

  • Laura Hope Laws, 17, Morphine and CocaineLaura Hope Laws, 17, Morphine and Cocaine

    Laura was an active church youth group member, a star varsity soccer player, and kind to many people. However, a prescription painkiller to treat a sports injury eventually led to her heroin addiction, and ultimately, an overdose on morphine, cocaine and alcohol.

  • Montana Sean Brown, 15, 25I-NBOMeMontana Sean Brown, 15, 25I-NBOMe

    Montana and his brothers thought they would have some fun trying LSD for the first time while their parents were out of town. Instead, the freshman football player took a deadly, clandestinely-made synthetic version that killed him.

  • VIDEO: The Promise of DrugsVIDEO: The Promise of Drugs

    When it comes to drugs and drug abuse, there's the promise and there's the reality. If you've ever felt the pressure to use drugs, you've probably heard the promise. Some promises are specific to a drug: "Meth can help you lose weight" or "Steroids will make you a better athlete." Other promises are vague: "Getting high will help you relax." Watch this animated video to learn more about the promise and reality of drug use and abuse.

  • VIDEO: Taking Prescription Drugs to Get High—A Bad IdeaVIDEO: Taking Prescription Drugs to Get High—A Bad Idea

    97% of teens don't use prescription drugs to get high. Watch this video to learn why taking prescription drugs to get high can have serious health effects including addiction and overdose.

  • The Negative Health Effects of Marijuana UseThe Negative Health Effects of Marijuana Use

    “Besides being addictive, marijuana is cognitively impairing even beyond the phase of acute intoxication and regular use during adolescence may cause a significant, possibly permanent IQ loss. Brain scans in users who started when they were young show impaired neural development, probably because cannabis interferes with normal brain maturation.”  —Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health      

  • Taylor Hooton, 17, SteroidsTaylor Hooton, 17, Steroids

    Taylor Hooton was a star pitcher on his high school team, a handsome teenager who had everything going for him. Until steroids caught up with him, and he took his own life.

  • Irma Perez, 14, EcstasyIrma Perez, 14, Ecstasy

    Irma was a 14-year-old girl from Belmont, California who took an Ecstasy pill. She became sick immediately—vomiting and writhing in pain—yet her friends did not seek medical help for her.

  • David Pease, 23, HeroinDavid Pease, 23, Heroin

    Dave spent most of his teen years looking for answers in a mixture of marijuana, cigarettes and alcohol.

  • David Manlove, 16, Inhalants

    As told by his parents When our son, David, was 13 and 14, we discovered he had tried drinking alcohol and smoking pot. We reiterated our rules that alcohol and drug use was unacceptable, and imposed what we felt were appropriate consequences. As parents who spent our teen and young adult years in the late 60's and 70's, we believed that we would know the signs of serious drug use, and thought David's actions were just the experimentation that lots of kids go through. But we were wrong.

  • Ian Eaccarino, 20, HeroinIan Eaccarino, 20, Heroin

    In his senior year of high school, his car was firebombed in the driveway of our home. In retrospect, we realized it was drug related, but at the time, the explanation he gave us made sense. It was all a lie. Drug activity is typically associated with violence and deception.

  • Jason Surks, 19, Prescription DrugsJason Surks, 19, Prescription Drugs

    I worked for a community-based substance abuse prevention agency and so did my son, Jason. Jason knew the dangers. We believed that he was not using drugs—we talked about it often. I was so convinced that he was not using that it became a sort of joke between us—as he would leave home at the end of a weekend, I would frequently say, “Jason, don’t do drugs.” “I know, Mom,” he would say, “I won’t.” But he did.

  • Efrain Marrero, 19, SteroidsEfrain Marrero, 19, Steroids

    We found our oldest son, Efrain, in our bedroom dead from a self–inflicted gunshot wound to the head. At age 19, Efrain had grown to be a fine, respectable and loving young man. Sure, he had his share of youthful stumbles along the way, but he responded well to our guidance. He had the highest respect for his parents and was very kind at heart. He adored his baby brother, Ethyn and younger sister, Erika. He was raised in a solidly Christian home, and had embraced his faith. A hard working young man, he was attending a local community college, studying hard—he had a plan for his life, a direction.

  • Treatment and RecoveryTreatment and Recovery

    The first step when you suspect your teen has a substance abuse problem is to have your child screened by a experienced medical doctor, certified substance abuse counselor, or an addiction specialist.

  • How Drugs Alter Brain Development and Affect TeensHow Drugs Alter Brain Development and Affect Teens

    Long-term drug use causes brain changes that can set people up for addiction and other problems.

  • Federal Student Aid and Consequences of a Drug ConvictionFederal Student Aid and Consequences of a Drug Conviction

    Is it true that a drug conviction may affect a person’s eligibility for federal student aid? Answer: Yes, eligibility might be suspended if the offense occurred while the person was receiving federal student aid (grants, loans or work-study). When you complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) you will be asked:  

  • Physical Health Consequences of Drug Use

    Drug abuse can have a serious, life-changing impact on your child: their physical and mental health is at stake.  Here’s where you’ll learn more about the health consequences that drug abuse has on your teen.

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