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World AIDS Day 2018

noviembre del 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

octubre del 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

octubre del 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

septiembre del 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.


NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative

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

septiembre del 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?

agosto del 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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NIH Partners with the Dental Community to Help Curb the Opioid Crisis

julio del 2018
Reducing healthcare’s reliance on potentially addictive opioid pain relievers has been one of the pillars of federal efforts to reverse the opioid crisis. Read More.


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FDA Approves First Drug Derived from Marijuana

julio del 2018
This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol, or CBD), a medication extracted from marijuana, for the treatment of two severe pediatric seizure disorders. Read More.


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An Ambitious Research Plan to Help Solve the Opioid Crisis

junio del 2018
In spring 2018, Congress added an additional $500 million to the NIH budget to invest in science to find solutions to the opioid crisis. The funding that NIDA is receiving will go toward the goal of addressing addiction in new ways and better delivering existing forms of care to populations that need it. Read More.


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NIDA-Supported Science Leads to First FDA-Approved Medication for Opioid Withdrawal

mayo del 2018
This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved lofexidine, the first medication targeted specifically to treat the physical symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. Read More.



Dr. Nora Volkow: Remarks and Video Highlights

APA 2015 meeting

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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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