Published January 1997. Revised January 2009.
Describes how opiates, such as Vicodin, morphine, heroin, and codeine, affect the brain, the nervous system, and the limbic system, which controls emotions. En Español
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.
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.
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.