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Study Finds Withdrawal No Easier With Ultrarapid Opiate Detox (October 2006)

Presents findings from a clinical trial comparing ultrarapid, anesthesia-assisted detoxification with detoxification by traditional methods among patients addicted to heroin.

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Brain Mechanism Turns Off Cocaine-Related Memory in Rats (October 2006)

Describes a series of experiments that have added to evidence that a brain enzyme controls key memory processes that link drug experiences, the surroundings in which they take place, and the urge to repeat them.

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Stress Response May Underlie African- Americans' Reduced Pain Tolerance (October 2006)

Summarizes research suggesting a physiological difference as the explanation for African-Americans' reported low tolerance for pain.

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Marijuana Smoking Is Associated With a Spectrum Of Respiratory Disorders (October 2006)

Highlights two studies suggesting significant associations between marijuana smoking and respiratory disease.

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NIDA Launches Criminal Justice Publication in Chicago (October 2006)

Highlights a publication that outlines 13 research-based principles of successful treatment of drug abusers in the criminal justice system.

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Methylphenidate for Comorbid Cocaine Abuse, ADHD (October 2006)

Describes an inpatient study investigating the effectiveness of sustained-release methylphenidate as a treatment for cocaine-addiction patients with ADHD.

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Buprenorphine Plus Behavioral Therapy Is Effective For Adolescents With Opioid Addiction (October 2006)

Reports on a study of adolescents addicted to opioids who responded better to buprenorphine than clonidine in a clinical trial in which all patients also received behavioral therapy.

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High School Seniors Steadily Increase Nonmedical Use of Sedatives Over 15 years (October 2006)

Highlights data from an annual national survey of youth showing a pattern of rising nonmedical use of sedatives among high school seniors.

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NIDA's National Advisory Council Welcomes New Members (October 2006)

Introduces four new members to NIDA’s National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, including Drs. Warren K. Bickel, Ellie E. Schoenbaum, and Marina E. Wolf, and Ms. Janet Wood.

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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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