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Marijuana's Lasting Effects on the Brain

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

March 2013

UPDATE - March 21,2013 – A study was published in January 2013 contesting the interpretation of the large-scale marijuana study I discuss below—that heavy cannabis use begun in the teen years and continued into adulthood brings about declines in IQ scores.

NIDA/ONDCP to launch online physician training tools

NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow will join White House Drug Policy Director R.

White House Drug Policy Office and National Institute on Drug Abuse Unveil New Training Materials to Combat National Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Today, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) launched a new online learning tool which will provide training for healthcare providers on proper prescribing and patient management practices for patients on opioid analgesics (painkillers)

NIH selects 11 Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

The National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium has selected 11 health professional schools as designated Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs).

Blending conference translates substance abuse research into practice

Experts will share the latest clinical research with addiction treatment professionals, healthcare providers, policy makers, and others during the April 19th Blending Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

NIH’s “PEERx” for teens to be showcased at Rx Drug Abuse Summit

A unique, new campaign targeting teens will be on exhibit at the first national summit addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

Study provides clues for designing new anti-addiction medications

Scientists are now one step closer to developing anti-addiction medications, thanks to new research that provides a better understanding of the properties of the only member of the opioid receptor family whose activation counteracts the rewarding effects of addictive drugs.

The Impact of Smoking Reduction Programs

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

March 2012

In 1964, the Surgeon General’s report Smoking and Health revealed to the public the harms of tobacco and began nearly a half century of smoking reduction campaigns and tobacco control programs.

Brain Awareness Week

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

March 2012

Brain Awareness Week begins March 12th, and among many nationwide activities, NIH scientists will be teaching young people about the amazing human brain at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD. While we think of Brain Awareness Week as an educational opportunity for children, it is a good time to remind us all about recent advances in neuroscience, and how brain research is helping us understand, prevent, and treat drug abuse and addiction.


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