Parents, educators, community members and youth should have accurate information about drugs, and be knowledgeable about current drug trends. Learn the facts about the most commonly abused drugs. NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse.
NIDA – Drug Facts
People abuse drugs for many reasons, click the link above for facts on the most commonly used drugs.
NIDA – Commonly Abused Drugs Charts
In the charts, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) schedule indicates the drug’s acceptable medical use and its potential for abuse or dependence.
Operation Prevention, an initiative brought to you by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education aims to combat the growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use by educating students about the science behind addiction and its impacts on the brain and body.
Now there are more ways than ever before to kick start lifesaving conversations in the classroom and at home. Check out some of the newest resources from Operation Prevention:
- The Science Behind Opioid Addiction Virtual Field Trip explored the science of addiction to help middle and high school students understand how prescription drugs and heroin affect the brain and body. During this powerful forum, students got the unfiltered facts about drugs and addiction and had their questions answered by leading experts.
- Elementary School Lesson: Joining the middle and high school lessons, Proactive Prevention, a new lesson and educator guide for an elementary school audience, explains how medications work in our bodies and why it is important to use them responsibly.
- Extended Parent Toolkit: Now available with discussion starters for elementary age students.
- Spanish Resources: Operation Prevention’s website, Parent Toolkit, and new learning module are now available in Spanish.