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New Study Shows Benefits of Reducing Nicotine in Cigarettes

noviembre del 2015
Can the addictiveness of cigarettes be minimized by reducing their nicotine content? This idea was first proposed as a public health measure two decades ago, but when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) argued the case before the Supreme Court in 2000, they were not granted the authority. Read More.


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Grant Awards Mark the Launch of Landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

septiembre del 2015
The teen years are the period of highest risk for substance use and for the development of other behavioral disorders, and they are also a period when the brain is changing dramatically. A study of this scope will yield an unprecedented amount of detailed information. Read More.


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Addiction Science Can Help Us Understand the Bee Crisis

septiembre del 2015
Recent research now suggests that bees may be preferentially drawn to foods laced with pesticides as a result of reward mechanisms. It is a fascinating lesson in how knowledge gleaned from one area of science—in this case addiction science—can inform our understanding of a global ecological crisis. Read More.


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Researching Marijuana for Therapeutic Purposes: The Potential Promise of Cannabidiol (CBD)

julio del 2015
Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate on cannabidiol, or CBD—one of the main active ingredients in the marijuana plant, and a compound around which there is a growing amount of interest from the public as well as the scientific and medical communities. Read More.


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The Importance of Integrating HIV and Addiction Treatment

julio del 2015
Great progress has been made in reducing the number of new HIV infections and transforming the disease into a manageable and livable condition, but we still have some way to go to achieve an AIDS-free world. Injection drug use is still creating new, local epidemics, and the ways substance use disorders and HIV are intertwined often receive insufficient attention. Read More.

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Seeking Input from the Community on NIDA’s Scientific Reorganization

junio del 2015
NIDA’s Advisory Council periodically reviews the various programs and Divisions within the Institute to ensure they best reflect NIDA’s capacities and mission. At our May 2015 Council meeting, an Advisory Council workgroup presented a series of recommendations related to the scientific areas currently led by the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research (DCNBR). Read More.


Scans of healthy brain versus methamphetaine user showing reduced dopamine levels in the striatum

Addiction Is a Disease of Free Will

junio del 2015
When I was five or six years old, my grandfather—my mother’s father—died of what I was always told was complications of heart disease. It was not until much later that I learned the real reason for his death. Read More.


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The Major HIV Outbreak in Indiana Was Preventable

mayo del 2015
One of the fastest-spreading recorded U.S. outbreaks of HIV since the inception of the epidemic is now occurring in southeastern Indiana, and it is being driven by injection drug use—specifically, abuse of the opioid painkiller Opana (oxymorphone). Read More.


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Taking a Science-informed Approach to Medical Marijuana

abril del 2015
Opinion on marijuana has changed dramatically in the United States. The public increasingly perceives it as a benign substance, and there is growing interest in its potential medicinal uses. Read More.


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The 2015 Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

abril del 2015
This event, which is the brainchild of Kentucky Congressman and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, has grown in attendance each year, successfully shining a light on this terrible public health problem in our nation. Read More.



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