Published July 2008.
Explores the science behind such questions as what is addiction, why do people abuse drugs, and how does drug use change the brain, as well as research-based information about prevention, treatment, relapse, and HIV/AIDS.
Published June 2008.
Reports research findings on a new therapy for substance abusers who also have a mental illness; prenatal smoking and behavioral problems in children; the impact of morphine on the immune system; animal studies on cocaine and toluene abuse, and more.
Published March 2008.
Reports research findings on combination treatments for marijuana abuse; the link between alcohol abuse and prescription drug abuse; genetic findings in opioid dependence; insomnia among cocaine abusers; and more.
Published October 2007.
Reports research findings on neuropeptides as catalysts for drug seeking; a potential therapeutic in opiate and nicotine addiction; gene regulation in chronic cocaine abuse; brain changes resulting from anabolic steroid use among adolescent females, and more.
Published September 2007.
Describes community systems that monitor the well-being of children and adolescents and lists recommendations that define the next steps for creating and mentoring effective community monitoring systems.
Published June 2007.
Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent newsletter, and a CD-Rom.
Published April 2007.
Reports research findings on smoking cessation interventions; a vaccine for nicotine use that may reduce fetal exposure; therapeutic approaches for heroin addiction; brain development and adolescent risk-taking; and more.
Published February 2007.
Reports research findings on mechanisms of drug vulnerability; brain scans that may help clinicians tailor addiction treatment; an animal study on nicotine and the developing brain; brain activation in cocaine craving; and more.
Revised January 2007.
The fifth in a 5-part series, summarizes the science behind drug abuse and addiction, reviews the harmful consequences of drug use, and poses the question of whether it is worth the risk.