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NIDA Notes Articles: People with Drug Use Disorders

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Attention to Bipolar Disorder Strengthens Substance Abuse Treatment

April 2010
Describes a study of participants who had both substance abuse and bipolar disorder to investigate the potential benefits of integrated group therapy for this population.

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Helping Doctors Become First Responders to Substance Abuse

April 2010
Describes a toolkit that guides doctors in assessing a patient’s risk of developing an addiction problem, advising patients on the effects of substance abuse, and arranging for referrals.

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Injection Drug Users Acquire Hepatitis C Infection Later in Developed Countries

April 2010
Reports trends in onset of injection drug use to infection with hepatitis C virus in developed countries and notes the influence of prevention efforts.

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Treatment Patterns Vary Among People With Co-Occurring Disorders Based on Type of Treatment System Entered

October 2010
Presents a summary of a study that followed individuals who entered mental health crisis or substance abuse detoxification residential centers in San Francisco and the types of treatment they received.

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Dr. Kathleen T. Brady Recognized

October 2010
Recognizes the 2010 Distinguished University Professor awardee, Dr. Kathleen T. Brady, who studies co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders and their treatment.

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High, Persistent Rates of Risky Sexual Behaviors in Delinquent Youth

October 2010
Reports study findings that show young people who have gotten into trouble with the criminal justice system report high rates of sexual behaviors that increase risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

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Crack Cocaine Promotes Progression of HIV Infection to AIDS

October 2010
Reports on two studies showing a high prevalence of HIV infection and more rapid progression to disability and death among drug abusers.

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Brain Opioid Receptor Levels Predict Time to Cocaine Relapse

October 2010
Describes study findings revealing that cocaine abusers who maintain high levels of a certain receptor in their brain during early abstinence relapse sooner than abusers whose levels drop.

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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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Cocaine Vaccine Helps Some Reduce Drug Abuse

December 2010
Reports on the results of a clinical trial that tested the effectiveness of a cocaine vaccine designed as a therapy for cocaine abuse and plans underway for a new study of 300 patients to confirm these results.

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