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People with Drug Use Disorders

Suiting Treatment to the Nature of the Disease

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Highlights NIDA-sponsored research underway to understand and respond to substance abusers’ needs at all points of care, from the initial presentation for treatment through recovery.

Patch Delivers Buprenorphine for Heroin Detox

Describes research on the effectiveness of a buprenorphine patch to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms of newly abstinent heroin abusers.

Most People Entering Drug Treatment Have Additional Mental Health Problems

Highlights data on the prevalence of people entering substance abuse treatment programs who also reported having at least one co-occurring mental health problem.

DESPR Identifies Drug Abuse Trends and Seeks Solutions

Discusses the work of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, organized to track drug use and provide empirically based information for researchers and service providers.

Naltrexone via Skin Patch Proves Effectiveness of New Technology

Reports on a new device that creates tiny painless punctures in the skin to allow medication to flow evenly from a skin patch into dermal capillaries and the bloodstream.

Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence

Discusses the work of researchers who have begun to harness the potential of computers to reinforce and expand upon the well-established benefits of recovery therapy delivered by a counselor.

Study Gives Green Light to Antiretroviral Medications for HIV-Infected Injection Drug Users

Reports finding from a study showing that access to antiretroviral therapies, HAART in particular, can improve the health of HIV-infected patients who have a history of injection drug use.

Test Substance Attenuates Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal in Rats

Reports on several drugs that may ward off depression and anxiety, common withdrawal symptoms from cocaine, based on an animal study.

Recovery Checkup System Helps Substance Abusers Who Have Mental Disorders

Reports on a posttreatment intervention to support recovery that may be especially beneficial for substance abusers with co-occurring mental disorders.

Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide

Compares data on substance abuse and sexual risk among college students and their peers who do not attend college.

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