Fact Sheet

8 Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Alcohol and Other Drugs

July 31, 2017
When we tell our teens to put on a seatbelt, it’s not because we’re expecting an accident – but because we want them to be prepared in case there is one. In the same way, it is important to talk to teens early and often about how to reduce risks when alcohol and other drugs are present.

The Real Reasons Teens Use Drugs

July 31, 2017
There is no single reason why teens use alcohol or other drugs, and it doesn’t always look like what you might expect. Teens can be getting good grades, have plenty of friends, and still be using substances.
This tip sheet helps parents understand potential reasons for teenage drug use. The more you know about what’s going on with your teens, the more likely it is that you'll be able to help keep them on track.

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.

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