General Drug Abuse Information

It is helpful to have as much information as possible when trying to understand a substance addiction and seeking ways to break that addiction. The following web sites provide specific information on the most common drugs of abuse including their risks, health effects, treatment approaches, and prevention.


National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) (
This section of the NIDA web site provides information on specific common drugs of abuse including health effects, treatment, prevention, ongoing research and more. Click here to find information geared to students, parents, researchers and health professionals.

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (
NIDA for Teens provides numerous links and resources on drug abuse in adolescents ages 11 through 15. The site features basic drug facts, the “Sara Bellum Blog” geared toward teenagers who may be experiencing peer pressure andwish to educate themselves about drugs, and a series of videos on topics such as Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs, Why are Drugs to Hard to Quit, and more.
NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, charged with the scientific study of addiction.  Their web site offers a wide range of information, publications, research and addiction-related news.


Above the Influence (
Provides a variety of information on drugs and their risks. The section on Drug Facts provides scientific information about illegal drugs, their risks and effects including crack/cocaine, inhalants, heroin, GHB, meth, ecstasy, marijuana and more. The site also has a 'Get involved' section where people can share pics, videos or words about their experiences with drugs and a blog relevant to teens.

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - the Science of Addiction (
This report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is available in its entirety online. It explains how drug addiction is a brain disease and covers risks and strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery. (
The goal of this site is to bring people together around the issues of addictions by providing concise, up-to-date information and a meeting place for people with addiction, their friends and families, and professionals who offer pathways to recovery. It includes timely research studies, information on the types of addictions and their treatment, addiction-focused blogs, a treatment locator and more.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (
This educational web site provides general information on inhalants including signs, risks, long term effects and how to get help in English and Spanish. Their FAQs section answers many question people have on inhalants and provides detailed information on inhalants including the harmful chemicals in a variety of inhalants.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: InfoFacts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (
Available in English and Spanish this site discusses how tobacco affects the brain, its other adverse effects and different types of treatments available.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Report on Salvia (
This overview of Salvia, a hallucinogenic herb, highlights the bodily effects and potential dangers of the herb. Used mostly by young adults, the drug is not currently regulated by the Controlled Substances Act although several states and countries have passed legislation to regulate its use. The Drug Enforcement Agency has listed Salvia as a drug of concern and is considering classifying it as a Schedule I drug, like LSD or marijuana.

Project GHB (
This educational web site was formed to increased awareness about the dangers of Gamma hydroxy butyrate, known on the street as GHB, "G", Liquid E, Fantasy, Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy, Organic Quaalude, and Jib among other names. The site covers important facts about GHB including its effects, signs of overdose, and adverse reactions. It also provides information on treatment, a section for reporting serious events, a newsletter, resource links, and more.

Recovery Connection (
This site provides education and information on addiction, detox, relapse, sober living, support groups, commonly abused drugs, different types of treatments, and addiction-related health issues. It also offers a free national helpline to find appropriate treatment 24 hours a day, including national referral numbers for free, state-funded detox and treatment programs including those for women, the gay community, particular religions and teen or older adults.

Updated December 02, 2014