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NIDA Notes Articles: Club Drugs, GHB, LSD (Acid), MDMA (Ecstasy) and Methamphetamine

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New Tools and Strategies to Bolster Behavioral Therapy

October 2010
Reports on research investigating whether certain medications might strengthen patients' understanding and memory retention.

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Antibody Fragment Removes Methamphetamine From the Brain

November 2009
Reports animal study findings on development of an antibody fragment that rapidly removes methamphetamine from the brain and discusses implications for treatment of overdose.

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Methamphetamine Turns Helper Cells Into Destroyers

November 2009
Describes research providing evidence that chronic methamphetamine abuse is associated with increased microglial cell activity in the brain leading to neurodegeneration.

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Methamphetamine Abuse Alters Response to Facial Cues

October 2009
Highlights research showing methamphetamine abusers may have more difficulty than nonabusers in responding with empathy and self-control to people who are experiencing intense emotions.

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Methamphetamine Abusers Show Increased Distractibility

April 2009
Highlights findings from a study of former methamphetamine abusers showing evidence of impairment in areas of the brain known to influence cognition, emotion, and decision making.

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New Vaccines Are Being Developed Against Addiction and Relapse

December 2008
Highlights NIDA-funded research to develop vaccines against addiction to drugs such as cocaine, nicotine, phencyclidine (PCP), and methamphetamine.

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Fewer Young Adults Abuse Cocaine and Methamphetamine, National Survey Finds

December 2008
Reports prevalence rates of illicit drug abuse among youths and young adults based on 2007 data from a national survey of drug use and health.

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Methamphetamine Restricts Fetal Growth, Increases Lethargy in Newborns

June 2008
Reports on research showing that newborns whose mothers abused methamphetamine during pregnancy showed lower rates of fetal growth as compared with unexposed newborns.

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Bupropion Reduces Meth's Subjective Effects and Cue-Induced Craving

March 2008
Describes a study investigating the use of the antidepressant bupropion as a potential therapy for methamphetamine addiction.

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Sertraline Does Not Help Methamphetamine Abusers Quit

March 2008
Describes a new research finding indicating that the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft), prescribed to relieve depression during the methamphetamine withdrawal process, may make quitting harder.

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