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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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Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence (November 2009)

Discusses the work of researchers who have begun to harness the potential of computers to reinforce and expand upon the well-established benefits of recovery therapy delivered by a counselor.

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United States Ranks First in Lifetime Use of Three Drugs (November 2009)

Highlights the disproportionately high rate of Americans who have used cocaine at some time during their lives as compared with other nations surveyed.

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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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