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  1. Involuntary Commitment or Treatment -Proceedings for the involuntary commitment or treatment of a chronic substance abuser to a facility - Law from the Iowa Code beginning with Chapter 125, Section 75 continuing through Chapter 125 Section 92.

  2. Emergency detention, Ch.125.91

  3. How to talk to someone who abuses alcohol or other drugs Hazelden publication

  4. A Significant Number of Adults Can’t Identify Signs of Substance Abuse in Seniors; According to a New National Survey by Harris Poll on behalf of Caron Treatment Centers

  5. DAST 10 -Take this quiz, intended for adults 18 and older, if you're concerned about your drug use

  6. Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction - NIDA booklet provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease

  7. Drug Trends in Iowa- Powerpoint from ODCP

  8. NIDA InfoFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

  9. NIDA InfoFacts: Science-Based Facts on Drug Abuse and Addiction

  10. Commonly Abused Drugs - succinct description of each drug's effects, including mental health consequences

  11. Drug Photos from Search individual drug name to view photo

  12. Drug Profiles from the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)

  13. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Clearinghouse (SAMHSA) - the world's largest resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse. Order materials, view online or download selected materials online.

  14. Substance Abuse Among the Elderly: a growing problem - Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

  15. Dual Diagnosis: Just the Facts fact sheet from the Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association

  16. Addiction is a Brain Disease - overview by Alan I. Leshner PhD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

  17. Controlled Substances Act (DEA) includes Trafficking Penalties.

  18. Ten Drug and Alcohol Policies That Will Save Lives from Join

  19. National Drug Threat Assessment 2015 - DEA report

  20. SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies (OAS) - the latest national data on substance abuse including OAS publications, NHSDA, DAWN, DASIS, SAMHDA, and statistics on drugs of abuse.

  21. NIDA Goes to School - Science-based Drug Abuse Education - Includes information for students and parents, and teaching resources for the classroom


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  • E-Cigarettes Pose Risks “Nicotine is an incredibly addicting drug,” said Susan Marsiglia Gray, M.P.H., National Synar Program Coordinator in SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. “We see that most people using e-cigarettes are ‘dual users,’ meaning they are using traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes, possibly exposing them to even greater levels of nicotine. And with youth, the appeal of fruit and candy flavoring is luring some to get their first taste of nicotine through e-cigarettes.”

  • E-cigarette vapor, even when nicotine-free, found to damage lung cells With the use of e-cigarettes on the rise, especially among young people, research to uncover the health effects of e-cigs is becoming increasingly important. In a new study, researchers find that e-cig solution and vapors—even those that are nicotine-free—damage lung health

  • Vapor Tanks Trendy vapor tanks muscling into e-cigarette sales


2.4.3 External Links


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Information on drugs of abuse, publications, events, research, organizations, funding, more.

  • Self Drug Screening Do I have a drug problem? Find out with a new confidential online screening quiz.

  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Information on prevention, treatment, and education. Drug facts, statistical reports, media campaign, news and public affairs, National Drug Control Policy, report of science, medicine and technology.

  • Get Smart about Drugs A DEA resource for parents.

  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) U.S. Department of Justice. Data on the supply of illicit drugs to the US, including manufacturing, trafficking, and eradication efforts by drug type. Statistics on drug use, especially youth/teen use.

  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Provides education, information, help and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention and treatment through offices in New York and Washington, and a nationwide network of Affiliates.

  • Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids Includes a comprehensive database of what drugs look like and what they do, resources for parents on how to raise a drug-free child, resources for youth, and answers to questions on many drug-related topics.

  • Just think Twice DEA site, primarily for a teen audience; contains drug facts, photos, hot topics, cost of drug use to society, more.

  • NIDA for teens; the Science Behind Drug Abuse NIDA site that explains science behind drug abuse and addiction.

  • Drug descriptions, photos, links to related reports, stats.

  • HBO Addiction Series Originally broadcast on TV, this series explores the current state of addiction in America in nine segments, punctuated by the latest thinking on treatment and recovery by leading experts on drug and alcohol addiction.

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) The UN agency responsible for coordinating activities relating to the international control of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Information on drug control reduction, crime prevention and criminal justice, treaty and legal affairs, analysis and statistics. Publishes Global Illicit Drug Trends

  • NIDA En Español Información sobre las Drogas de Abuso más Comunes y Temas Relacionados


Club Drugs

  • Above the Influence Teen perspective and latest facts. See drug facts pages.

  • Club Drugs Overview and links from Medline Plus.

  • Club Club drugs can cause serious health problems and, in some cases, even death. Used in combination with alcohol, these drugs can be even more dangerous. From the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

  • Club and Date Rape Drugs Includes, how to protect yourself. Palo Alto Medical Foundation site.

  • Ecstasy (MDMA) Information for teens from NIDA.



  • Cocaine Facts Information for teens from

  • Cocaine/Crack Information for teens from KidsHealth.

  • Stimulants Information on stimulants- cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, amphetamines, ritalin, and adderall- from NIDA for teens.

  • Cocaine Comprehensive information from NIDA

  • In The Know Zone: Cocaine Syndistar site with cocaine information, images, statistics, street names, history, cocaine and the brain, short and long-term effects.

  • Mind Over Matter: Cocaine Cocaine information for teens from NIDA.



  • Heroin Facts For Teens From

  • Heroin: NIDA Drugs of Abuse Publications from NIDA; Research reports, Infofacts, Notes, monographs, news.

  • Heroin A Medline Plus health page with comprehensive information, including overdose, withdrawal, intoxication, photos, more.

  • How to quit heroin Website set up by a man who was successful in quitting and wants to help others.



  • The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition Information on inhalants and huffing. Statistics, how to recognize signs of inhalant use, tips for teachers, products abused as inhalants, FAQs, prevention campaign, Spanish version.

  • Inhalants Comprehensive information for Teens from NIDA.

  • Alliance for Consumer Education site. Information for parents, the media, resources, toolkit.

  • Inhalants.DrugAbuse.Gov National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), site that collects all NIDA's information on inhalants in one place.

  • Web-based Training on Inhalant Abuse Designed especially for parents and guardians by the New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition. Parents can take a 20-30 minute course that will teach them what they need to know about the dangers of inhalant abuse, how to talk with their kids about it, and where to follow up for more information.





  • The Meth Project The Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing first-time meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach

  • Methamphetamine Facts From Above the Influence.

  • National Indian County Methamphetamine Initiative There are lots of cool things about being native. Meth isn't one of them. An anti-methamphetamine ad campaign for a Native American audience. Facts, news.

  • Meth Awareness A USDOJ site that includes a images of meth, meth labs, photos of users, effect on users, more.

  • Just Think Twice A youth oriented site created by the DEA's Demand Reduction Program.

  • In The Know Zone: Amphetamine Comprehensive site with amphetamine photos, history, Statistics, Street Names

  • KCI; The Anti- Meth Site Midwest HIDTA site with national trends in use, items used in meth labs, slang names, long term effects, prevention and treatment sites, FAQs, warning signs of living near a meth lab, hotlines, chat room, more.

  • Life or Meth Web Site Sponsored by the Midwest HIDTA. Includes interactive program, Life or Meth: What's the Cost?, that was created for youth in grades 5 and 6, but the information is good for all ages.

  • Rural Assistance Center Methamphetamine information for rural areas

  • Mothers Against Methamphetamine Provides competent drug education and rehabilitation resources.


Prescriptions and OTC

  • PEERx: Rx Abuse is Drug Abuse Comprehensive information for Teens from NIDA

  • Take Away - Environmental Return System The Iowa Pharmacy Association sponsored program that provides the public with a safe, easy way to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medications. TakeAway uses community pharmacies across the state as take-back site.

  • Prescription Drugs NIDA site with links to research reports, Infofacts, new releases, more.

  • National Take-Back Initiative Day On September 27th the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

  • RX Drug Drop Box The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) has launched a program designed to significantly reduce the prescription drugs in American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. These same drugs unfortunately have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence. America's 12 to 17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends. More and more adults recognize the need to remove these substances from the home and legally and safely turn them over to law enforcement for proper chain of custody and court ordered destruction. Law enforcement is the only entity legally able to accept these medications and process them properly so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. Law enforcement takes control of and destroys drugs on a regular basis as part of their regular operations. Therefore, NADDI has developed this web page to provide the locations of law enforcement sites that are accepting prescription drugs throughout the United States.

  • RX Safety Matters A site to inform healthcare professionals, families and communities, and law enforcement officials, to help reduce the abuse and diversion of prescription medications.

  • Report Illicit Pharmaceutical Activities US Dept. of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration

  • A Guide to Safe Use of Pain Medicine FDA information page

  • Good Medicine, Bad Behavior Drug diversion in America. DEA sponsored site.

  • Prescription Drug Abuse Medline Plus

  • Stop Medicine Abuse was created by the leading makers of OTC cough medicines.

  • Make Up Your Own Mind About Cough Medicine A Partnership for Drug-Free Kids site about cough and cold medicine abuse for teens.

  • Connect to Fight RX Abuse ATTC site working to alleviate prescription drug diversion and abuse, making our communities healthier and safer.



  • Anabolic Steroid Abuse National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA) site that collects all NIDA's information on steroids in one place.(see also En Espanol)

  • Anabolic Steroid NIDA for Teens

  • Play Healthy This program introduces parents and coaches to the risks and dangers of steroid and Performance Enhancing Substance (PES) use. The Play Healthy presentation empowers parents with tips and tools to help their children avoid PES abuse. The Play Healthy presentation can be co-delivered by coaches, athletic directors, involved parents, and law enforcement, prevention, and treatment professionals.

  • United States Anti-Doping Agency The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization for the Olympic movement in the United States.


Synthetic Drugs (K2, Bath Salts)


  • Synthetic Marijuana Comprehensive information on K2, spice, bath salts, and salvia from the Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy. Includes Iowa legislation.

  • Bath Salts Comprehensive information on bath salts from the Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy. Includes Iowa legislation.

  • Emerging Drugs NIDA site with information on K2/spice, bath salts, flakka and many more.

  • Synthetic Drugs (a.k.a. K2, Spice, Bath Salts, etc.) Includes history, legislation, risk, and further resources. From the Office of Drug Control Policy.

  • Iowa on Alert for New Class of Dangerous Synthetic Drugs The newest drug, known as "U-47700," is a synthetic opioid. Several times more potent than morphine, with no known or accepted medical use, U-47700 is one of a growing number of new synthetic opioids appearing across the country. Many of the new drugs are analogs of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, also being reported in Iowa. Exposures to U-47700 can cause sedation, respiratory depression and respiratory arrest that can be lethal. From the Office of Drug Control Policy.

  • FAQ: K2, Spice Gold, and Herbal 'Incense': Legal Herbal Products Laced With Designer Drugs- Not Your Father's Marijuana WebMD article.



  • Quitline Iowa Quitline Iowa is a toll-free, statewide smoking cessation telephone counseling hotline. Trained counselors provide callers with information about the health consequences of tobacco use, assistance in making an individualized quit plan, and ongoing support through optional follow-up calls.

  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids A leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. We advocate for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. Learn more about our key initiatives.

  • Iowa Dept. of Public Health - Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Programs, events, master tobacco settlement agreement, publications and fact sheets, statistics.

  • Smoking Drug From NIDA. Fact sheets, research reports, news, and other resources.

  • Tobacco News and Information News, quotes, resources, links, tobacco history

  • Smoking and Tobacco Use from the CDC Site with tobacco information for all ages. Includes Surgeon General's tobacco reports, data, statistics and fact sheets, cessation information, educational materials, and campaigns and events.

  • The American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2016 The American Lung Association has released its annual State of Tobacco Control report grading all 50 states on their policies to reduce tobacco addiction, diseases and death. Find out if your state has the policies in place to get the job done.

  • American Cancer Society Smoking health issues, public issues, quitting smoking, the Great American Smokeout, smoking-related cancers.

  • National Cancer Institute Valuable cancer-related health information. Tobacco, smoking and cessation Fact sheets.

  • Offers science-driven tools, information, and support proven effective in helping smokers quit. Find state and national resources, free materials, and the best quitting advice the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has to offer.

  • Organization aims is to educate people of all ages about smoking and tobacco use.

  • Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Information on secondhand smoke, smoke free advocacy, tobacco industry information, and current nonsmokers campaigns