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Reduced Longevity Among Male Heroin Abusers, 1962-1997 (June 2008)

Reviews the changing lifespan of heroin abusers as compared with that of the general U.S. population based on 1962-1997 data.

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NIDA Renames Addiction Journal (June 2008)

Alerts readers to the new renamed journal, Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, formerly titled Science and Practice Perspectives.

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Booklet Explains the Science of Addiction (June 2008)

Describes a booklet that explains what scientists know about how drug addiction changes the brain and affects behavior and clears up misconceptions about drug addiction.

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Mice With Genetic Alteration Eschew Cocaine (June 2008)

Reports on a study involving researchers who successfully desensitized mice to cocaine by genetically altering their dopamine transporters.

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Intervention Improves Employment Outlook For Methadone Patients (June 2008)

Describes a study of unemployed methadone patients and the use of assertive outreach and motivational techniques to improve the patients’ employment outlook.

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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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Cocaine Can Mobilize Stored Dopamine (March 2008)

Describes a study showing that cocaine, which increases dopamine levels, also can tap into an intracellular dopamine reserve pool.

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Chronic Cocaine Abusers Have Occult Insomnia in Early Abstinence (March 2008)

Reports on research of chronic cocaine abusers who may feel they are sleeping better during early abstinence revealed that the opposite may be true.

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