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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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Annual Event Teaches Students Brain Science (November 2009)

Highlights activities held during Brain Awareness Week for students in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, to learn about brain anatomy and function.

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Patch Delivers Buprenorphine for Heroin Detox (November 2009)

Describes research on the effectiveness of a buprenorphine patch to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms of newly abstinent heroin abusers.

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Substance Abuse Among Troops, Veterans, and Their Families (November 2009)

Highlights the need for research to assess and find solutions to a potential rise in substance abuse among service men and women, veterans, and their families.

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Most People Entering Drug Treatment Have Additional Mental Health Problems (November 2009)

Highlights data on the prevalence of people entering substance abuse treatment programs who also reported having at least one co-occurring mental health problem.

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New Advisory Council Members (November 2009)

Announces the addition of three new members to NIDA’s National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

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Methadone Therapy in Prison Benefits Men a Year Out (November 2009)

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.

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Extended Cocaine Exposure Impairs Cognitive Function in Rats (November 2009)

Reports an animal study presenting evidence that cocaine causes cognitive deficits that can persist well into abstinence.

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Antibody Fragment Removes Methamphetamine From the Brain (November 2009)

Reports animal study findings on development of an antibody fragment that rapidly removes methamphetamine from the brain and discusses implications for treatment of overdose.

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Three Scientists Receive Grants for Innovative AIDS Research (October 2009)

Announces the recipients of the inaugural Avant-Garde Award for research to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in drug abusers, Drs. Julio Montaner, Ileana Cristea, and Jerome Groopman.

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