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Tobacco and Nicotine Research (Topics in Brief)

Revised August 2008.
Provides an update on the scientific information on nicotine and tobacco, including basic research on their biological effects, the scope of use, prenatal exposure, and treatment.

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Genetics of Addiction (Topics in Brief)

Revised April 2008.
Explores the research advances regarding genetics and addiction, discusses the potential role of the environment in the disease, and the promise of personalized medicine.

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Comorbid Drug Abuse and Mental Illness (Topics in Brief)

Revised October 2007.
Provides a research update on comorbid drug abuse and mental illness, exploring why they commonly occur, how common they are, and how they can be diagnosed and treated.

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NIDA's Blending Initiative: Accelerating Research-Based Treatments into Practice (Topics in Brief)

Revised October 2007.
Describes an initiative to bridge the gap between drug abuse and addiction research and practice that includes a clinical trials network, conferences, blending teams, and partnerships.

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Drug Abuse Prevention (Topics in Brief)

Revised March 2007.
Describes the research underway to better understand and tailor prevention efforts for drug abuse and addiction.

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (Topics in Brief)

Revised January 2007.
Provides an overview of the science behind drug abuse and addiction, discussing why certain people are more likely to become addicted, how drugs work in the brain, and how addiction can be successfully treated.

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Buprenorphine: Treatment for Opiate Addiction Right in the Doctor's Office (Topics in Brief)

Revised August 2006.
Provides an update on buprenorphine, an effective treatment for opioid addiction, explaining how it helps patients quite opioid addiction and the efforts underway to engage community treatment providers.

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Linked Epidemics: Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS (Topics in Brief)

Published October 2005.
Examines the link between HIV/AIDS and drug abuse and the research underway to treat drug abuse, a potential prevention method for HIV/AIDS.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (Topics in Brief)

Published February 2005.
Describes the mission of NIDA, the Federal focal point for research on drug abuse and addiction, and outlines its research priorities and significant scientific accomplishments.

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Note: Topics in Brief are prepared for specific events and meetings on an as needed basis and are not regularly updated. For updated summaries on specific topics, visit Drugs of Abuse or Related Topics.