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Bringing the Power of Science to Bear on Drug Abuse and Addiction (Teaching Packets)

Revised enero del 2007.
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.

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Volume 21, Number 2 (NIDA Notes)

Published febrero del 2007.
Reports research findings on mechanisms of drug vulnerability; brain scans that may help clinicians tailor addiction treatment; an animal study on nicotine and the developing brain; brain activation in cocaine craving; and more.

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Drug Abuse Prevention (Topics in Brief)

Revised Marzo del 2007.
Describes the research underway to better understand and tailor prevention efforts for drug abuse and addiction.

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Volume 21, Number 3 (NIDA Notes)

Published abril del 2007.
Reports research findings on smoking cessation interventions; a vaccine for nicotine use that may reduce fetal exposure; therapeutic approaches for heroin addiction; brain development and adolescent risk-taking; and more.

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Grades 6-9 (Brain Power)

Published junio del 2007.
Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent newsletter, and a CD-Rom.

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Community Monitoring Systems: Tracking and Improving the Well-Being of America's Children and Adolescents

Published septiembre del 2007.
Describes community systems that monitor the well-being of children and adolescents and lists recommendations that define the next steps for creating and mentoring effective community monitoring systems.

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Volume 21, Number 4 (NIDA Notes)

Published octubre del 2007.
Reports research findings on neuropeptides as catalysts for drug seeking; a potential therapeutic in opiate and nicotine addiction; gene regulation in chronic cocaine abuse; brain changes resulting from anabolic steroid use among adolescent females, and more.

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Comorbid Drug Abuse and Mental Illness (Topics in Brief)

Revised octubre del 2007.
Provides a research update on comorbid drug abuse and mental illness, exploring why they commonly occur, how common they are, and how they can be diagnosed and treated.

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NIDA's Blending Initiative: Accelerating Research-Based Treatments into Practice (Topics in Brief)

Revised octubre del 2007.
Describes an initiative to bridge the gap between drug abuse and addiction research and practice that includes a clinical trials network, conferences, blending teams, and partnerships.

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Volume 21, Number 5 (NIDA Notes)

Published Marzo del 2008.
Reports research findings on combination treatments for marijuana abuse; the link between alcohol abuse and prescription drug abuse; genetic findings in opioid dependence; insomnia among cocaine abusers; and more.

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