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DESPR Identifies Drug Abuse Trends and Seeks Solutions

November 2009
Discusses the work of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, organized to track drug use and provide empirically based information for researchers and service providers.

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Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage

November 2009
Describes research providing evidence that genes may influence how successful a person is in quitting smoking and which cessation technique may work best for them.

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Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence

November 2009
Discusses the work of researchers who have begun to harness the potential of computers to reinforce and expand upon the well-established benefits of recovery therapy delivered by a counselor.

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Most People Entering Drug Treatment Have Additional Mental Health Problems

November 2009
Highlights data on the prevalence of people entering substance abuse treatment programs who also reported having at least one co-occurring mental health problem.

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Recovery May Be Harder for Adolescents, Animal Study Suggests

December 2009
Reports animal study findings that suggest adolescents' heightened sensitivity to drug reward puts them at enhanced risk of addiction and may also increase their challenges in recovery.

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Test Substance Attenuates Signs of Cocaine Withdrawal in Rats

December 2009
Reports on several drugs that may ward off depression and anxiety, common withdrawal symptoms from cocaine, based on an animal study.

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Anticipation of Methadone Enhances Brain Reactivity to Heroin Cues

December 2009
Describes findings of a study revealing that images of heroin preparation and injection can incite craving and excite brain areas associated with reward-seeking even in methadone-maintained patients.

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NIDA's 35th Anniversary: Science Focused on Solutions

December 2009
Commemorates NIDA’s 35th anniversary and highlights some of the major accomplishments since the Institute’s inception in 1974.

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Study Gives Green Light to Antiretroviral Medications for HIV-Infected Injection Drug Users

December 2009
Reports finding from a study showing that access to antiretroviral therapies, HAART in particular, can improve the health of HIV-infected patients who have a history of injection drug use.

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Recovery Checkup System Helps Substance Abusers Who Have Mental Disorders

December 2009
Reports on a posttreatment intervention to support recovery that may be especially beneficial for substance abusers with co-occurring mental disorders.

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