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The website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers a wealth of resources and cutting-edge information related to all aspects of substance abuse.

We highly recommend NIDA’s “Drugs of Abuse” page as an excellent resource to learn about common substances of abuse.  Individual pages are available for each drug of abuse and include detailed information and links to useful NIDA publications.  For your convenience, we have listed the available pages below – just click on any of the names of substances of abuse below to be directed to the relevant NIDA webpage.

- Alcohol
- Club Drugs
- Cocaine
- Fentanyl
- Heroin
- Inhalants
- LSD (Acid)
- Marijuana
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
- Methamphetamine
- PCP/Phencyclidine
- Prescription Medications
- Steroids (Anabolic)
- Tobacco Addiction (Nicotine)

NIDA offers a page with information about emerging drugs, such as K2/Spice, Salvia and Bath Salts. This page is continually updated as new information becomes available.

Two summary charts detailing Commonly Abused Drugs and Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs may be particularly useful tools and can be downloaded through the following links:

- Commonly Abused Drugs
- Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

NIDA also offers user-friendly sites designed to inform and assist diverse audiences. Links to some of the most relevant pages are below:

- For Teens
- For Students and Young Adults
- For Parents and Teachers
- For Patients and Families
- For Health Professionals
- For Spanish-Speakers: NIDA en Español
- For persons with limited reading skills: NIDA East-to-Read Drug Facts