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Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The third in a 5-part series, reviews the science behind drug abuse and addiction and introduces the topics of prevention and treatment.

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Volume 21, Number 1 (NIDA Notes)

Published October 2006.
Reports research findings on potential stimulant and opioid abuse treatments; memory and cocaine use; a possible link between marijuana smoking and respiratory disorders; and more.

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Volume 21, Number 2 (NIDA Notes)

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.

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Volume 21, Number 3 (NIDA Notes)

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.

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Volume 21, Number 4 (NIDA Notes)

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.

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Volume 21, Number 5 (NIDA Notes)

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.

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Volume 21, Number 6 (NIDA Notes)

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.

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Volume 22, Number 1 (NIDA Notes)

Published September 2008.
Reports on innovations in drug abuse research including novel approaches to analgesia; the role of the immune system in brain development; genetics and drug addiction; new optic technologies for visualizing cells in the brain, and more.

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Volume 22, Number 2 (NIDA Notes)

Published December 2008.
Reports research findings on brain circuit activation during cigarette craving; brain activity among cocaine users; a potential new therapy for cocaine addiction; drug court monitoring among high-risk drug offenders; and more.

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Volume 22, Number 3 (NIDA Notes)

Published April 2009.
Reports on cocaine’s impact on learning and adaptation; distractibility among methamphetamine abusers; brain injuries and cigarette addiction; prenatal nicotine exposure; brain receptors that promote cocaine addiction, and more.

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