Several effective medications are now available for treating opioid use disorder but many patients who could benefit do not receive them. Some patients who receive the medications face challenges to staying in treatment.
Researchers monitored the activity of two types of neurons in mice: “urge” neurons, which promote feelings of reward and repeating behaviors that have produced rewards, and “control” neurons, which dampen those feelings and inhibit behavior.
Dr. David Thomas talks about pain research at NIH, the complexities of treating pain with prescription opioids, and finding new treatment options for acute and chronic pain. Read more from Dr. Thomas.
Dr. Marilyn Huestis discusses NIDA's Intramural Research Program’s major focuses, such as marijuana research in humans, developing tests to identify drugged drivers, and demystifying designer drugs.
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