Fact Sheet

Supervised Consumption Services

March 1, 2017


Supervised consumption services (SCS) are legally sanctioned facilities designed to reduce the health and public order issues often associated with public injection. They are also called safer injection facilities (SIFs), drug consumption rooms (DCRs) or safer drug use services (SDUS).

Extended Release Naltrexone (Vivitrol®)

November 30, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three medications for use in treating opioid dependence: methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. Extended release naltrexone, brand name Vivitrol®, is a once-monthly injection intended to help prevent relapse to opioid use. Read this fact sheet for more information on naltrexone.

Debunking the “Gateway” Myth

February 13, 2017
Research simply does not support the theory that marijuana is a “gateway” drug – that is, one whose use results in an increased likelihood of using “more serious” drugs such as cocaine and heroin. However, this flawed gateway effect is one of the principal reasons cited in defense of laws prohibiting the use or possession of marijuana. 

Psilocybin Mushrooms Fact Sheet

January 6, 2017
Psilocybin is the main ingredient found in several types of psychoactive mushrooms, making it perhaps the best-known naturally-occurring psychedelic drug. This fact sheet provides answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about psilocybin on topics such as short- and long-term effects and psilocybin as medicine.

LSD Fact Sheet

January 6, 2017
Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly referred to as LSD, or “acid,” is considered the best known and most researched psychedelic drug. This fact sheet provides answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about LSD on topics such as short- and long-term effects, "microdosing," and LSD as medicine.

Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioids

November 18, 2016

Synthetic opioids refer to a category of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) that are either known to be opiates or have opiate-like effects. Fentanyl is perhaps the most well-known of the synthetic opioids, since it has been extensively researched and is one of the only substances approved for prescription use. 

How to Recognize a Drug Overdose

August 31, 2016

Overdoses and other drug-related medical emergencies are far more common than most people think – but they don’t have to be lethal.  Learn the signs of what a drug overdose or medical emergency looks like for some commonly used drugs (alcohol, MDMA, cocaine and other stimulants, heroin/opiates and cannabis) and what actions you can take to help save someone’s life.

Marijuana and Opiates

August 9, 2016

Prescription drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Many of these overdoses are related to the increasing number of people taking opiate-based medications for pain related conditions. Marijuana has been shown as an effective treatment for pain, and has a better safety profile than opiates with less risk for dependence and no risk of fatal overdose.

Marijuana Facts

July 27, 2016

Marijuana Facts is intended for people seeking answers to some of the most common questions about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape. This booklet addresses 15 frequently-asked questions about subjects such as driving, mental health, brain development, potency, edibles and concentrates.

Synthetic Cathinones

July 13, 2016

“Bath salts” and "flakka" are names for substances that fall within a broad category of drugs called “synthetic cathinones.” Synthetic cathinones are considered “euphoric stimulants,” meaning they have a short acting duration of physical and psychological effects similar to stimulants like amphetamine. Despite widespread media attention throughout the country over the past few years, relatively few people are using synthetic cathinones compared to other drugs.

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