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Morphine Speeds AIDS Onset in Monkeys

June 2008
Highlights the work of investigators who discovered key ways in which morphine may accelerate the progression of AIDS in animal studies.

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Morphine-Induced Immunosuppression, From Brain to Spleen

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.

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Reduced Longevity Among Male Heroin Abusers, 1962-1997

June 2008
Reviews the changing lifespan of heroin abusers as compared with that of the general U.S. population based on 1962-1997 data.

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Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline

March 2008
Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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Alcohol Abuse Makes Prescription Drug Abuse More Likely

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.

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Chromosome 17 Harbors Opioid Dependence Genes

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.

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Not All Mesolimbic Dopamine Neurons Are Alike

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.

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Journal Highlights Global Nexus of Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS

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.

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Endorphin Derivative Inhibits Reward From Morphine and Nicotine in Rats

October 2007
Describes research investigating a naturally occurring brain chemical that shows early promise as a treatment for addiction in animal studies.

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Exposure to Morphine During Early Adolescence Sensitizes Rats as Adults

October 2007
Presents highlights of a study indicating that exposure to morphine during adolescence may increase sensitivity to the drug during adulthood.

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