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. Includes information geared to children and teens, parents and educators, patients and families, medical and health professionals, and researchers.

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (
NIDA for Teens provides many links and resources on drug abuse for adolescents ages 11 through 15. The site features basic drug facts, a drug and health blog for teens who may be experiencing peer pressure to use drugs, and a series of interactive games and 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 (
Geared towards teens, 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. There is also a 'Get involved' section where people can share pics, videos or words and guest blog about their experiences with drugs.

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.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (
This educational web site in English and Spanish provides general information on inhalants including signs, risks, long term effects and how to get help. Their FAQs section answers many question people have and provides detailed information on the harmful chemicals found 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 Hallucinogens (
This overview highlights the different types of hallucinogens, their effects on the body and brain, and long-term risks. The site covers DXM, ketamine, PCP, and salvia.

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.

Updated February 20, 2019