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Additional Resources for Teachers

The following resources may provide additional background information for you or your students about neurobiology or drugs of abuse.

Resources on the Internet

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA is the world’s leading supporter of research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. This site provides current and authoritative information about the latest research on drugs and addiction.

NIDA DRUGPUBS Research Dissemination Center
NIDA publications are available through NIDA DRUGPUBS. Included are the latest available student and teacher materials, prevention packets, booklets, posters, research reports, clinical reports, clinical reports, survey reports, and brochures. Most of these can be downloaded or ordered for free, by phone (1-877-NIDA-NIH, or 1-877-643-2644; TTY/TDD: 240-645-0228), fax (240-645-0227), or e-mail (

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
NCADI is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and functions as the information service for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Office of National Drug Control Policy
The purpose of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation’s drug control program. The National Drug Control Policy is available on this Web site. This site also provides information about specific drugs (including statistics on their use), treatment, research, and enforcement.

Society for Neuroscience Exit Disclaimer
The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to understanding the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. This site provides a wide variety of information on topics related to the function of the brain and nervous system. The site also provides an opportunity to submit a specific question that may be answered online.

Partnership for a Drug-free America Exit Disclaimer
Information posted at this address includes information about specific drugs and their effects.

The Dana Foundation Exit Disclaimer
The Charles A. Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation with principal interests in health and education. Their Web site provides information for the general public on the latest research findings about the brain and brain disorders. The Web site also provides access to their publications.

The Reconstructors Exit Disclaimer
This Web game enables students to learn more about the history of opioids, club drugs, and inhalants. The activities incorporate aspects of chemistry, neuroscience, medicine, public policy, and history.

Office of Science Education
This address takes you directly to the home page of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Science Education. This site provides access to a variety of resources for teachers and students, including NIH publications on drug abuse and brain function.

U.S. National Library of Medicine
The U.S. National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest medical library. This site provides extensive online information about health issues and includes access to Medline and MedlinePlus for searching for information about specific health topics.

Books and Videotape

Friedman, D.P., and Rusche, S. 1999. False Messengers: How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers.

Kuhn, C., Swarzwelder, S., and Wilson, W. 1998. Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy. New York: W.H. Norton & Company.

Gross de Núñez, G., and Schwartz-Bloom, R.D. 1998. Animated Neuroscience and the Action of Nicotine, Cocaine, and Marijuana in the Brain. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences.

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