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Impacts of Drugs on Neurotransmission

octubre del 2007

Discusses the central importance of studying drugs' effects on neurotransmission and describes some of the most common experimental methods used in this research.

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Controlling College Students' ADHD Symptoms May Protect Them Against Substance Abuse

octubre del 2007

Reports data on the prevalence of substance use among college students with ADHD, comparing those who received ADHD treatment with those who did not.

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Alcohol Abuse Makes Prescription Drug Abuse More Likely

Marzo del 2008

Reports on results from a study showing that men and women with alcohol use disorders are more likely to report nonmedical use of prescription drugs than people who don't drink at all.

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Universities Offer Online Master's Program in Addiction Studies

abril del 2009

Describes a consortium of three universities that launched a 12-month intensive online program last August that leads to a master's degree in addiction studies.

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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide

diciembre del 2009

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

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Oxycodone Vaccine Passes Early Tests

mayo del 2013

A new vaccine hindered the often-abused prescription opioids oxycodone and hydrocodone from entering the brain and suppressed one of the drugs’ signature central nervous system effects. The findings warrant continued development of the vaccine as a potential aid in the treatment of oxycodone and hydrocodone abuse and dependence.

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Study Parses Comorbidity of Cannabis Use and Social Anxiety

octubre del 2013

People with cannabis use disorder (CUD) are likely also to have social anxiety disorder (SAD), and comorbid SAD is associated with greater severity of cannabis-related problems. These findings highlight the importance of assessing CUD patients for SAD, as that disorder can be both a contributing cause and a consequence of CUD. Treating both disorders may be a key to helping patients recover from each.

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Methamphetamine Alters Brain Structures, Impairs Mental Flexibility

Marzo del 2014

Methamphetamine alters brain structures involved in decision-making and impairs the ability to suppress habitual behaviors that have become useless or counterproductive. The two effects were correlated, indicating that the structural change underlies the decline in mental flexibility.

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Marijuana Use May Promote Nicotine Consumption

abril del 2014

Exposing rats to THC increases the likelihood that the animals will later self-administer nicotine. THC-exposed rats are also willing to work harder to obtain nicotine. When extrapolated to people, the findings suggest that THC’s pharmacological impact on the brain may make a person who uses marijuana more vulnerable to developing nicotine addiction, an underappreciated health consequence of marijuana use.

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Device Detects Marijuana in Breath Hours After Smoking

mayo del 2014

Driving under the influence of marijuana is a dangerous public health concern. NIDA researchers have discovered that breath expelled into a Breathalyzer-style collection device contained measurable amounts of THC for up to 2 hours after participants in a recent clinical trial smoked the drug.

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