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Brain Changes Accompany Cocaine Withdrawal (February 2007)

Summarizes an animal study of the neural changes in the amygdala portion of the brain that occur as a result of cocaine exposure followed by withdrawal of the drug.

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Cocaine Craving Activates Brain Reward Structures; Cocaine "High" Dampens Them (February 2007)

Reports on a study that documenting changing emotional and neurobiological responses to cocaine with successive doses during a single session of drug taking.

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GHB Intoxication Reports Decline in California (February 2007)

Highlights statistics on the number of reports of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) use intoxication in California from 1999 to 2003.

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Journal Highlights Opportunities in Hispanic Drug Abuse Research (February 2007)

Reviews a journal supplement that compiles information on drug abuse research in the Hispanic population.

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Report Calls for Sweeping Changes in Health Care for Mental and Substance Abuse Problems (February 2007)

Reviews a report from the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine that discusses ways to improve the quality of health care among people with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

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Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Disorders (February 2007)

Presents an overview of the research underway to investigate medication and behavioral therapies for co-occurring disorders.

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Low-Cost Incentives Improve Outcomes in Stimulant Abuse Treatment (October 2006)

Reports on a study investigating the use of incentives in the form of prizes to motivate outpatients to stay in behavioral therapy and remain drug free.

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First-time Patients Opt for Office-Based Buprenorphine (October 2006)

Presents highlights of a study suggesting that compared with methadone, office-based buprenorphine treatment attracts individuals who have less extensive addiction histories.

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Walk the Line Is Among 10th Annual PRISM Awardees (October 2006)

Announces the winners of the 10th Annual PRISM Awards, including Walk the Line, a film portraying the life of singer Johnny Cash and his battle with drug addiction.

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Ethnicity Influences Early Smoking and Progression to Drug Abuse (October 2006)

Summarizes findings from a 10-year study that monitored smoking and progress to other drugs among youth that found ethnicity to be an influential factor.

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