Addictive Substances

Addictions and Substance Use




Articles/Fact Sheets:

When Gambling Might be a Problem
The article explains gambling addiction.

Substance Abuse

Substance Use/Abuse





Easy-to-Read Drug Facts
This website contains facts about drugs, drug abuse, addictions and treatment. The website is maintained by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Articles/Fact Sheets:

Tips for Talking to Teens About Drugs and Alcohol (also Español)
This article presents tips to help effectively communicate with teenagers about drugs and alcohol. 

How to Recognize Signs of Substance Abuse (also Español | MP3 )
This article discusses signs of substance abuse (such as alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs) and steps individuals can take to get help for themselves or someone they care about.

Denial: The Primary Roadblock to Addiction Recovery
This article describes common attitudes and beliefs that people struggling with addictions have about their substance use and talks about how to support them to recover.

Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
This article discusses first steps to take in finding a qualified treatment center for substance use/abuse.

Substance Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Youth

This article describes the association between substance use and sexual risk behaviors in adolescents. It gives common risk factors and methods for prevention.

Alcohol Glass



Articles/Fact Sheets:

Think Before You Drink: Play it Safe with Alcohol (also Español)
This article discusses safe practices for drinking alcohol.

Coffee beans in a cup 


Articles/Fact Sheets:

Caffeine: Don’t Let Your Pick-Me-Up Drag You Down (also Español | MP3 )
This article discusses the unexpected and potentially negative effects of caffeine use.

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Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco



Articles/Fact Sheets:

Tips for Teens: Tobacco Use

This infographic addresses the health risks associated with tobacco use.

Top Ten Tips to Quit Smoking (also Español)

This document outlines tips for quitting from counselors at the California Smokers’ Helpline.

Find resources for quitting within the UC Davis community



QuitGuide LogoIOS: Free

Android: Free

"QuitGuide is a free app that helps you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smokefree. Use the app to track your cravings by time of day and location, and get motivational messages for each craving you track."


quitSTART app logoIOS: Free

Android: Free

"The quitSTART app is a free smartphone app that helps you quit smoking with tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges."




Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

Electronic smoking devices include e-cigarettes, JUULs, vapes, tank systems, mods, e-hookahs, etc.

Articles/Fact Sheets:

Electronic Cigarettes: What's the Bottom Line? (also Español)

This article explains what e-cigarettes are and common misconceptions surrounding them.

Information for Parents, Educators, and Health Care Providers: E-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives

This fact sheet describes what "juuling" is, the safety risks associated with it, and what parents, educators, and health care providers can do to intervene.

Juul E-Cigarettes

This infographic gives information about JUUL and the health risks associated with it.

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 Marijuana / CBD




Articles/Fact Sheets:

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Marijuana

This infographic addresses the health risks associated with marijuana use.

Talking With Your Child About Marijuana: Keeping Your Kids Safe

This brochure gives tips for parents to engage their children in conversations about marijuana use.

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Pregnancy

This fact sheet gives information about how marijuana can affect pregnancy, your baby's health after birth, and breastfeeding.

What is Legal for Adult Use in California? (also Adult Use Cannabis Penalties)

This article gives information about using, carrying, and growing cannabis under California law.

Medicinal Use of Cannabis in California (also Medicinal Use Cannabis Penalties)

This article gives information about California's medical cannabis laws.

Oxycodone pill





Articles/Fact Sheets:

Opioids: Get the Facts

This graphic gives some facts about short-term usage of opioids and their effectiveness for pain relief.

If You Are Prescribed Opioids, Learn How to Reduce the Risk of Addiction

This article describes what opioid addiction is, the factors that increase the risk of overdose, and what to expect when taking prescription opioids.

Preventing an Opioid Overdose

This fact sheet describes how an overdose can occur, signs and symptoms of opioid overdoses, and how to respond if you think someone is overdosing.

Pregnancy and Opioid Pain Medications

This fact sheet discusses how opioid pain medications can affect pregnancy.

Synthetic Drugs
Prescription and Synthetic Drugs


Articles/Fact Sheets:

Talking to Your Kids About Prescription Drug Abuse

This infographic gives practical advice for parents to talk to their teenagers about using prescription medications safely. It describes the signs of prescription drug abuse, outlines misconceptions teenagers may have about prescription drugs, and offers resources to learn more.

Synthetic Drugs: ‘For Sale’ Doesn’t Always Mean it’s Safe (also Español | MP3 )
This article explains what synthetic drugs are and their dangers.