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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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These are graphics of brain scans showing the changes that happen in the brain when a child is successful at achieving a reward. Areas of the brain that are most active are highlighted in red and yellow.

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.

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World AIDS Day 2018

November 2018
World AIDS Day, is a good time to reflect on some of the spectacular successes of NIH-funded science at reducing the impact of HIV, as well as how lessons learned in the fight against HIV/AIDS can be applied to other pressing health issues such as addiction. Read More.

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In Memoriam—Herbert Kleber

October 2018
With the passing of Herbert Kleber on October 5, the field of addiction research has lost a true giant—one of its biggest thinkers as well as one of the most articulate and effective advocates for compassionate, scientifically informed treatment. Read More.

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New NIDA Research Reveals the Power of Social Reinforcers

October 2018
Medication is a crucial part of treating addiction—but by itself, a pill or an injection may not be sufficient. Social support has long been known to be an important factor in a variety of recovery programs and treatment approaches. Read More.

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Recent Research Sheds New Light on Why Nicotine is So Addictive

September 2018
Nicotine does not produce the kind of euphoria or impairment that many other drugs like opioids and marijuana do. People do not get high from smoking cigarettes or vaping. Yet nicotine’s powerful ability to reinforce its relatively mild rewards results in 480,000 deaths annually. Read More.

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The HEALing Communities Study: Using Science to Address the Opioid Crisis

September 2018
The public health emergency of opioid misuse and addiction affects millions of Americans and requires innovative scientific solutions. Today, during “National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Awareness Week,” we are sharing news of an important step towards these solutions through the HEALing Communities Study. Read More.

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How Can We Better Support Physicians in Addressing the Opioid Crisis?

August 2018
Ample evidence shows methadone and buprenorphine reduce overdose deaths, prevent the spread of diseases like HIV, and enable people to take back their lives, but there are restrictions on who can prescribe these medications. Read More.

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Dr. Nora Volkow: Remarks and Video Highlights

APA 2015 meeting

  • Marijuana as a Cure for Opioid Use? Nation's Top Drug Scientist Says She's Skeptical, March 2019
  • Meet the Woman Leading the Nation's War on Addiction, October 2018
  • Aspen Ideas Festival 2018: Shining Light on Less Visible Prescription Drug Epidemics, June 2018
  • Dr. Nora Volkow on Addiction: A Disease of Free Will, May 2015
  • TEDMED, January 2015
    Why do our brains get addicted?
  • The World Science Festival, April 2014
    The Moth: The Brain's Addiction - Nora Volkow
  • CBS 60 Minutes, April 2012
    Hooked: Why Bad Habits Are Hard to Break 

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Dr. Nora Volkow

Here I highlight important work being done at NIDA and other news related to the science of drug use and addiction.
—Dr. Nora Volkow, Director

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