September 2008 Describes research to develop new compounds that match or exceed the pain relief provided by opioids while avoiding their shortcomings.
June 2008 Reports on scientists who pinpointed the biochemical trigger from morphine that sets off a chain reaction that inhibits an immune cell that is key in fighting viruses and cancer.
June 2008 Reviews the changing lifespan of heroin abusers as compared with that of the general U.S. population based on 1962-1997 data.
June 2008 Highlights the work of investigators who discovered key ways in which morphine may accelerate the progression of AIDS in animal studies.
March 2008 Reports on results from a study showing that men and women with alcohol use disorders are more likely to report nonmedical use of prescription drugs than people who don't drink at all.
March 2008 Describes the work of researchers who have found a statistical link between one region on chromosome 17 and an increased risk of opioid dependence.
March 2008 Reports on research showing that the neurons that deliver dopamine to two regions of the brain's mesolimbic reward system respond differently to opioids, an important finding for drug treatment research.
March 2008 Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.
October 2007 Reviews a journal supplement that compiles studies on drug-related HIV transmission, with a focus on injection drug use, in 16 different localities across the globe.
April 2007 Summarizes a study on the use of incentives to encourage abstinence among methadone maintenance patients in outpatient programs.