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People with Drug Use Disorders

Antiretroviral Treatment Reduces Spread of HIV Among Injection Drug Users

Expanded use of antiretroviral therapy in British Columbia reduced the spread of HIV among injection drug users and others in the province.

Resting Brain Studies Shed New Light on Vulnerabilities

Individuals with weak signaling in a nicotine-sensitive brain circuit were more vulnerable to nicotine dependence than those with stronger signaling, according to a study conducted while the subjects’ brains were in a resting state. A second resting-state study finds that the same circuit appears to mediate dependence associated with a genetic risk factor for smoking.

Talking to Patients About Sensitive Topics: Communication and Screening Techniques for Increasing the Reliability of Patient Self-Report

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Explores communication techniques that decrease patient and physician anxiety and increase the accuracy and specificity of patient reporting about sensitive topics, such as substance abuse and partner violence.

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Two Problem-Based Learning Cases: Methamphetamine

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Presents two problem-based learning case studies that introduce students to clinical presentations of substance abuse problems, particularly methamphetamine abuse.

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A Problem-Based Learning Case on Prescription Drug Abuse - Patient S.K.

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Examines prescription drug abuse and offers a case study to help students understand the screening and diagnostic tools available for alcohol and drug abuse.

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Methamphetamine Lecture and Interclerkship

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

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Patient-Centered Learning: Substance Abuse in a Physician - The Connor Johnson Case

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Highlights substance abuse among physicians and offers a case study to help students understand the risks and signs of drug abuse in the physician population.

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High Rates of Illegal Drug Use Among Alcohol-Dependent Adults

Highlights data on the prevalence of rates of illegal drug use and nonmedical use of prescription drugs among adults dependant on alcohol, as compared with the general population.

Computer-Based Intervention Offers Good Value for Money

Reports on researchers who demonstrated the economic value of a computer-based treatment as an adjunct to standard addiction therapy.

NIDA Cosponsors Mentoring Service for Clinicians Advising Substance-Abusing Patients

Highlights a free service that provides primary care clinicians with advice from experts in addiction medicine on addressing substance abuse with patients in the primary care setting.

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