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The Importance of Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Justice System

July 2019
Effectively delivering OUD treatment in the justice system will give individuals with OUD a chance of recovery, and will make a huge difference in reducing the toll of the opioid crisis in the U.S. It will also bring about additional health and economic benefits like reducing the spread of HIV and hepatitis C and reducing the costs from re-incarceration and family disruption, which are much higher when OUD is not treated. Read More.


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The Need for Diversity and Inclusivity in Presenting Scientific Research

July 2019
Diversity and inclusion are paramount in all sectors of society, especially in the sciences. Yet it is a well-known (and frequently lamented) fact that males continue to dominate the speaker programs at scientific conferences. Read More.


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Access to Addiction Services Differs by Race and Gender

July 2019
Disparities in access to quality treatment play a role in every aspect of health care and health outcomes, and the opioid crisis is no different. Read More.

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The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

June 2019
As our communities, healthcare systems, and government agencies join in the effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid overdoses and solve the opioid crisis, it is not enough to focus all our resources on treating people who are already addicted to opioids Read More.


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Remembering Two Neurophysiology Pioneers

May 2019
In the first half of 2019, we have lost two researchers whose work in neuronal functioning and signaling helped revolutionize our understanding not only of the neurobiology of drug use and addiction but also many areas of mental health and pain. Read More.


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How People with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Can Lend a Needed Hand in Addiction Research

April 2019
One of the major challenges in health science today is that not enough patients participate in clinical trials and other studies. Without volunteers willing and able to participate in studies testing new treatments or therapeutic approaches for cancer or Alzheimer’s, for example, researchers cannot test their effectiveness. Read More.


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Prenatal and Early Childhood Brain Development: The HEALthy Brain and Child Development Study

March 2019
The NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) initiative is helping to fund an ambitious research project called the HEALthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) study. This study, which will use many of the same neuroimaging and other methods as the ABCD study, will follow a large cohort of children from the prenatal period to age 10. Read More.


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NIDA's Scientific Findings & Achievements of 2018

January 2019
As we enter 2019, it is a good time to take stock of what NIDA accomplished over the past year. As always when I look back at the research being done by NIDA grantees and partners, I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge being created from our investments. Here I want to highlight just a few of the many outstanding developments in basic science, new therapeutics, and epidemiology and prevention research from the year that just ended. Read More.


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Monitoring the Future Survey Results Show Alarming Rise in Teen Vaping

December 2018
The results of the 2018 MTF survey, released today (December 17), contain a mix of encouraging news and warning signals. Notably, the survey this year contained a major shock: a stunning rise in use of nicotine in vaping devices since 2017. Read More.

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New Funding Opportunities in Response to the Opioid Crisis

December 2018
Today, NIDA is releasing several new funding opportunity announcements related to the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term ℠) Initiative. Read More.



Dr. Nora Volkow: Remarks and Video Highlights

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