Reports study results suggesting that genes for several acetylcholine receptor proteins influence early smoking responses and the likelihood of nicotine dependence.
Describes an animal study showing that rats raised in isolation may prove useful in future studies exploring the neurobiology that links impulsivity and vulnerability to addiction.
Describes the American Board of Addiction Medicine’s new program offering certification to physicians in addiction medicine.
Highlights data on the prevalence of people entering substance abuse treatment programs who also reported having at least one co-occurring mental health problem.
Announces the addition of three new members to NIDA’s National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.
Describes clinical trial results providing evidence that methadone maintenance to men in prison can pay off in better retention in community treatment and reduced drug abuse following their release.
Reports an animal study presenting evidence that cocaine causes cognitive deficits that can persist well into abstinence.
Reports animal study findings on development of an antibody fragment that rapidly removes methamphetamine from the brain and discusses implications for treatment of overdose.
Highlights findings from a study showing that nicotine triggers a surge in levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain's main reward area for cigarette smokers.
Announces the 2009 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.