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Recovery May Be Harder for Adolescents, Animal Study Suggests (December 2009)

Reports animal study findings that suggest adolescents' heightened sensitivity to drug reward puts them at enhanced risk of addiction and may also increase their challenges in recovery.

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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide (December 2009)

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

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Rare Glutamate Receptor Proliferates After Cocaine Withdrawal (December 2009)

Reports findings that a rare neuroreceptor may be linked to the intensive cravings cocaine abusers experience during their first weeks of abstinence.

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Test Substance Attenuates Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal in Rats (December 2009)

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

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Recognition for NIDA Notes Science Writing (December 2009)

Announces NIDA Notes’ first place 2009 award that salutes superior communications efforts of government agencies.

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Anticipation of Methadone Enhances Brain Reactivity to Heroin Cues (December 2009)

Describes findings of a study revealing that images of heroin preparation and injection can incite craving and excite brain areas associated with reward-seeking even in methadone-maintained patients.

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Recovery Checkup System Helps Substance Abusers Who Have Mental Disorders (December 2009)

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

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Study Gives Green Light to Antiretroviral Medications for HIV-Infected Injection Drug Users (December 2009)

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.

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NIDA's 35th Anniversary: Science Focused on Solutions (December 2009)

Commemorates NIDA’s 35th anniversary and highlights some of the major accomplishments since the Institute’s inception in 1974.

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DESPR Identifies Drug Abuse Trends and Seeks Solutions (November 2009)

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.

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