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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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Nicotine Boosts Mood, Brain Dopamine Levels (November 2009)

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.

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NIDA Awards Prizes at International Science Fair (November 2009)

Announces the 2009 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

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Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage (November 2009)

Describes research providing evidence that genes may influence how successful a person is in quitting smoking and which cessation technique may work best for them.

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