Publications

  • Drugs of Abuse (2017)

    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.”

  • 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.

  • Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth and Young Adults

    This publication provides an overview of the prevalence of marijuana use among young people; 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 your efforts.

  • Chasing the Dragon Study Guide for Educators

    The DEA and FBI have worked with educators to create a study guide to supplement the documentary, "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict." The enclosed guide is intended to help stimulate thoughtful and honest dialogue about this epidemic. Through these conversations, we hope to prevent additional students from becoming victims.

  • 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.

  • Get It Straight: The Facts About Drugs Student Guide (2011)

    This publication is an informative, interactive program designed to expose common myths about drugs and help younger teens learn the truth about drugs. The Guide includes information on drugs of abuse, consequences of drug use, reasons why teens use drugs, peers, media and other influences, making good personal decisions, and drug prevention resources.

  • Get It Straight: The Facts About Drugs Facilitator Guide (2011)

    This guide is to be used in conjunction with the Get It Straight publication to support the implementation of various teen activities. The publication can be used in various settings, (e.g., student health classes, afterschool programs, faith-based youth groups, and youth service programs) to provide accurate information on some of the most common drugs and the consequences of drug use.

  • Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine - English (Third Edition)

    Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers. This guide helps parents understand this problem and identify the medications teens are abusing.

Drug Fact Cards

DEA developed drug fact cards for teens and adults to download. The cards are 2-sided, 3x8 inches.

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