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Bringing the Power of Science to Bear on Drug Abuse and Addiction

The fifth in a 5-part series, summarizes the science behind drug abuse and addiction, reviews the harmful consequences of drug use, and poses the question of whether it is worth the risk.

Revised: January 2007

The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

The second in a 5-part series, explores the science behind addiction, describing the brain and reward center, and the action of heroine and cocaine.

Revised: January 2007

Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says

The third in a 5-part series, reviews the science behind drug abuse and addiction and introduces the topics of prevention and treatment.

Revised: January 2007

The Neurobiology of Ecstasy (MDMA)

The fourth in a 5-part series, explores the biology behind ecstasy use in the brain and discusses both short- and long-term effects of its use.

Revised: January 2007

The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana

The first in a 5-part series, offers an understanding of the brain, how the reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroine), or marijuana.

Revised: January 2007

Methamphetamine Lecture and Interclerkship

Summary

Examines methamphetamine abuse and dependence in the United States. Discusses diagnosis, mechanism of action, and treatment options.

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Addiction Science Award Winners Announced

Announces the 2010 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

Club Drugs (GHB, Ketamine, and Rohypnol)

Club drugs are a pharmacologically heterogeneous group of psychoactive drugs that tend to be abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs, concerts, and parties. Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol, ketamine, as well as MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamine (which are featured in separate DrugFacts) are some of the drugs included in this group.

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