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Figure 1. Percent of Students Reporting Past Year Use of Methamphetamine, by Grade8th

Methamphetamine Addiction: Progress, but Need to Remain Vigilant (Topics in Brief)

Published March 2007. Revised November 2011.
Declines in Methamphetamine Abuse by Youth

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Volume 24, Number 1 (NIDA Notes)

Published November 2011.
Reports on innovative research, including active brain circuits that shed light on addiction; a new therapeutic skin patch; the disruption of neuron growth on cocaine relapse; genetic changes and vulnerability to relapse; regulators for addiction genes, and more.

Scientist with testtube

Medications Development at NIDA (Topics in Brief)

Revised November 2011.
Offers an update on the research strategy underway in the push to develop effective addiction medications, including currently approved drugs, new compounds, and vaccines.

After Cannabis, Nonmedical use of the Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Medications Account for Most of the Commonly Abused Drugs in 12th Graders (in the past year)

Prescription Drug Abuse (Topics in Brief)

Revised December 2011.
Provides a brief overview of the non-medical use of prescription drugs, examining prevalence, health risks associated with use, treatment options, and research underway on the topic.

Graph: Percentage of U.S. 12th Grade Students Reporting Past Month Use of Cigarettes and Marijuana, 1975 to 2011

Marijuana (Topics in Brief)

Revised December 2011.
Provides a brief update on the research on marijuana use, including its health effects, the potential for addiction, treatment, and marijuana in medicine.

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Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations - A Research-Based Guide

Published September 2006. Revised January 2012.
Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment that can inform drug treatment programs and services in the criminal justice setting.

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Resource Guide: Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings

Published April 2009. Revised March 2012.
Provides clinicians serving adult populations in general medical settings with the tools and procedures necessary to conduct screening, brief intervention, and/or treatment referral for patients who may have or be at risk of developing a substance use disorder.

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Volume 24, Number 2 (NIDA Notes)

Published April 2012.
Reports on innovative research, including new insights into how a cognitive behavioral strategy reduces craving and how benzodiazepines cause addiction; the role of exercise in reducing drug seeking and relapse; the effectiveness of home visits by nurses to low-income first-time mothers, and more.

HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse: Intertwined Epidemics (DrugFacts)

Revised May 2012.
Describes how people who engage in drug use or high-risk behaviors associated with drug use also put themselves at risk for contracting or transmitting HIV/AIDS or other infectious diseases. En Español

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