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DEA Publications

DEA has produced several useful booklets to provide parents, caregivers and educators useful information on illicit drugs and drugs of abuse, the harmful consequences of teen use of illicit drugs and drugs of abuse and drug trends. These publications are in pdf format and can be downloaded.

DEA Publications

Growing up Drug-Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention (2012) - DEA partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to revise this publication that was originally published in 1998. The 55-page booklet is organized in 6 major sections: 1) How This Book Will Help You? 2) What Substances Do Kids Use? 3) Why Do Kids Use Drugs? 4) How Do I Teach My Child About Drugs? 5) What If I Think My Child is Using Drugs? 6) Resources. Parents and caregivers will find this publication a user-friendly and valuable guide for what to do and how to communicate about the harmful effects of illicit drugs and alcohol to children from elementary through high school.    

Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine - English (2012) - Increasing numbers of teens are using prescription and over-the-counter medications to get high. Many parents don’t know enough about this problem, and many teens don’t understand the dangers. Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine, is a guide that helps parents understand this problem and identify the medications teens are abusing. An invaluable resource for parents, Prescription for Disaster presents prescription drug basics, includes information about commonly abused prescription drugs, lists steps parents can take to keep their teens drug free, and more.    

Drugs of Abuse (2011) - Drugs of Abuse delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way. With the information in this guide, parents and caregivers can help their children make smart choices and avoid the consequences of drug abuse. This publication covers topics including the Controlled Substances Act and introduces drug classes including narcotics, stimulants, marijuana/cannabis, inhalants, steroids, and more. Drugs of Abuse also provides information about drugs of concern including Bath Salts.    

Get It Straight - The Facts About Drugs Facilitator Guide (2011) - The Facilitator Guide for Get It Straight: The Facts About Drugs is to be used in conjunction with the Get It Straight publication to support the implementation of various teen activities. It includes the following components for each topic in the publication: overview, learning outcomes, time needed, key terms, advance preparation, facilitation notes, integrating other subject areas, and additional study. The publication can be used in various settings, (e.g., student health classes, afterschool programs, faith-based youth groups, and youth service programs) to provide accurate information on some of the most common drugs and the consequences of drug use.    

Get It Straight - The Facts About Drugs Student Guide (2011) - The Drug Enforcement Administration and Boys and Girls Clubs of America collaborated to write and produce a publication on drugs that targets middle school youth, entitled, Get It Straight: The Facts About Drugs - Student Guide. It is an informative, interactive program designed to expose common myths about drugs and help younger teens learn the truth about drugs. The Guide includes information on cough medicine, over- the-counter drugs, nonmedical use of prescription drugs, inhalants, marijuana, K2/spice, alcohol and tobacco, consequences of drug use, reasons why teens use drugs, peers, media and other influences, making good personal decisions, and drug prevention resources.    

Speaking Out (2010) - The booklet, Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization (2010), is designed to dispel the inaccuracies about drug legalization and present accurate information on legalization, drug policy and drug abuse. The booklet is divided in two main sections: Popular Myths About Drug Legalization and Summary of the Top 10 Facts on Legalization. Some of the topics include: a balanced approach of prevention, enforcement, and treatment; smoked marijuana; crime, violence, and drug use; and nonviolent drug users and treatment. The information is presented in a bulleted format to provide specific points on the most common myths and facts about drugs and drug abuse. Endnotes are located in the last chapter of the 65-page booklet.   

National Drug Awareness Program - DEA partnered with Elks USA to develop 2-sided 3x8 inch pamphlets on the facts and myths of drugs targeting teens and young adults. The topics include Marijuana; Underage Drinking; NonMedical Use of Prescription Drugs; Heroin; Bath Salts; Impaired Driving; and Spice/K2.  To download a picture of the 2-sided pamphlet, click on the thumbnail.

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