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Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage

November 2009
Describes research providing evidence that genes may influence how successful a person is in quitting smoking and which cessation technique may work best for them.

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Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence

November 2009
Discusses the work of researchers who have begun to harness the potential of computers to reinforce and expand upon the well-established benefits of recovery therapy delivered by a counselor.

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Most People Entering Drug Treatment Have Additional Mental Health Problems

November 2009
Highlights data on the prevalence of people entering substance abuse treatment programs who also reported having at least one co-occurring mental health problem.

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Annual Event Teaches Students Brain Science

November 2009
Highlights activities held during Brain Awareness Week for students in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, to learn about brain anatomy and function.

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United States Ranks First in Lifetime Use of Three Drugs

November 2009
Highlights the disproportionately high rate of Americans who have used cocaine at some time during their lives as compared with other nations surveyed.

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Substance Abuse Among Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

November 2009
Highlights the need for research to assess and find solutions to a potential rise in substance abuse among service men and women, veterans, and their families.

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Patch Delivers Buprenorphine for Heroin Detox

November 2009
Describes research on the effectiveness of a buprenorphine patch to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms of newly abstinent heroin abusers.

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New Advisory Council Members

November 2009
Announces the addition of three new members to NIDA’s National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse.

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Abstinent Smokers' Nicotinic Receptors Take More Than a Month to Normalize

October 2009
Describes research revealing that for up to 6 weeks after smokers quit, their brain cells have more nicotine-binding receptors than nonsmokers, which may explain the struggle to quit.

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NIDA Reprises Online Chat Day

October 2009
Highlights NIDA’s second annual Chat Day where NIDA scientists and staff responded to drug abuse and addiction questions from teachers and students.

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