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Computer-Based Intervention Offers Good Value for Money (July 2011)

Reports on researchers who demonstrated the economic value of a computer-based treatment as an adjunct to standard addiction therapy.

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Treatment Dropout Linked With Elevated Stress Response (July 2011)

Summarizes a study to determine whether a stress-related biological marker in saliva can predict how long a drug user will remain in treatment.

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Intensive Interventions Reduce Risky Sexual Behaviors (July 2011)

Discusses research that compares multiple sessions of motivational and behavioral training with that of a single intervention among male and female substance abusers to reduce high-risk sexual behaviors.

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NIDA Cosponsors Mentoring Service for Clinicians Advising Substance-Abusing Patients (July 2011)

Highlights a free service that provides primary care clinicians with advice from experts in addiction medicine on addressing substance abuse with patients in the primary care setting.

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Prevention Program Averts Initiation of Alcohol and Tobacco Use (March 2011)

Describes a community focused prevention program that aids towns in lowering rates of delinquency, initiation of alcohol and tobacco use, and binge drinking among middle school students.

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Physical Activity May Prevent Substance Abuse (March 2011)

Considers the potential role of physical activity on substance abuse prevention and describes some of the research that has been conducted on this emerging area of addiction science.

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Teenage Marijuana Use Is on the Rise (March 2011)

Reports 2010 rates of marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, noting that daily use increased by more than 10 percent in all three grades since the 2009 survey. Also reports a rise in ecstasy use.

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HIV Treatment Interruption Is Pervasive After Release From Texas Prisons (March 2011)

Describes a study revealing that HIV-infected prisoners in Texas often experience an interruption in treatment following their release and that assistance in filling out paperwork can reduce these interruptions.

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Prevention Program Reduces Later Risky Sexual Behaviors (March 2011)

Reports on a school-based drug abuse prevention program showing that teens who participate in the program are less likely than their peers to engage in risky sexual behavior as young adults.

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Fewer Girls Are Smoking, But Change Is Uneven (March 2011)

Reports 2010 rates of cigarette smoking among eighth girls, providing historical data and racial and ethnic differences.

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