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DESPR Identifies Drug Abuse Trends and Seeks Solutions

November 2009
Discusses the work of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, organized to track drug use and provide empirically based information for researchers and service providers.

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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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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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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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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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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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Methadone Therapy in Prison Benefits Men a Year Out

November 2009
Describes clinical trial results providing evidence that methadone maintenance to men in prison can pay off in better retention in community treatment and reduced drug abuse following their release.

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Extended Cocaine Exposure Impairs Cognitive Function in Rats

November 2009
Reports an animal study presenting evidence that cocaine causes cognitive deficits that can persist well into abstinence.

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Antibody Fragment Removes Methamphetamine From the Brain

November 2009
Reports animal study findings on development of an antibody fragment that rapidly removes methamphetamine from the brain and discusses implications for treatment of overdose.

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Sensory Aspects of Smoking May Counter Bad Mood, Craving

October 2009
Describes study findings revealing that the act of smoking, apart from actual or expected nicotine delivery, may soothe a smoker's negative mood.

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