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NIDA Notes keeps you up to date on research advances in the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of drug abuse and addiction and HIV/AIDS.

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Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline (March 2008)

Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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Not All Mesolimbic Dopamine Neurons Are Alike (March 2008)

Reports on research showing that the neurons that deliver dopamine to two regions of the brain's mesolimbic reward system respond differently to opioids, an important finding for drug treatment research.

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Alcohol Abuse Makes Prescription Drug Abuse More Likely (March 2008)

Reports on results from a study showing that men and women with alcohol use disorders are more likely to report nonmedical use of prescription drugs than people who don't drink at all.

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Controlling College Students' ADHD Symptoms May Protect Them Against Substance Abuse (October 2007)

Reports data on the prevalence of substance use among college students with ADHD, comparing those who received ADHD treatment with those who did not.

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Endorphin Derivative Inhibits Reward From Morphine and Nicotine in Rats (October 2007)

Describes research investigating a naturally occurring brain chemical that shows early promise as a treatment for addiction in animal studies.

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NIDA's Newest Division Mines Clinical Applications From Basic Research (October 2007)

Describes the role of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research in NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research plan.

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Exposure to Morphine During Early Adolescence Sensitizes Rats as Adults (October 2007)

Presents highlights of a study indicating that exposure to morphine during adolescence may increase sensitivity to the drug during adulthood.

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Gene Experiment Confirms a Suspected Cocaine Action (October 2007)

Reports on the work of addiction researchers who are learning how acute and chronic cocaine exposure regulates certain genes, based on knowledge from developmental and cancer biology.

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Among Young Attendees at STD Clinics, Substance Abusers Report More Risky Sexual Behavior (October 2007)

Highlights data on the risky sexual behaviors of patients at a sexually transmitted disease clinic who had a substance abuse disorder as compared to those without a substance abuse disorder.

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