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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.

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.

Proportion of AIDS cases among adults and adolescents by transmission category graph

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.

Genetic variation in COMT influences the harmful effects of abused drugs graph

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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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.

Addiction is a Developmental Disease graph

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.

A Functional Variation in the COMT Gene Modulates the Effect of Adolescent Cannabis Use on the Risk of Adult Psychosis graph

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.

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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