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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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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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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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Steroid Abuse Is a High-Risk Route to the Finish Line (October 2006)

Highlights research on the effects of steroid use on the brain and the rest of the body, and stresses the need to educate young people about the serious health risks associated with its use.

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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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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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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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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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