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Thursday, July 06, 2017

DEA Resource Guide on Drugs

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released the 2017 edition of Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide. The guide is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. The guide provides science-based information about the harms and consequences of drug use, describing a drug's effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin and legal status. The 2017 edition updates the 2015 Drugs of Abuse publication with the most current information on new and emerging trends in drug misuse and abuse, including fentanyl, other opioids and synthetic drugs. 

The guide is intended as a tool not just for medical practitioners and law enforcement officials, but also for educators, families and communities. The guide also offers a list of additional drug education and prevention resources, including the DEA websites:, for parents, for teens, and for teachers. For more information and to view the 2017 Drugs of Abuse resource guide, visit

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