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Prison Use of Medications for Opioid Addiction Remains Low (July 2011)

Describes results from a nationwide survey among correctional facilities on the use of opioid replacement therapy for people who are addicted to heroin.

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Methamphetamine Abuse Undermines Dental Health (July 2011)

Describes research that sheds light on the correlation between increased dental disease and methamphetamine abuse.

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Medication Reduces Rats' Return to Methamphetamine Seeking (July 2011)

Reports on a new medication strategy under investigated in animal studies that shows promise for preventing relapse to drug abuse.

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Office Meets Dynamic Challenges of Diversity (July 2011)

Describes NIDA’s Special Populations Office which promotes addiction science that examines health disparities and foster research careers among members of underrepresented communities.

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Grantee Wins Early Career Award (July 2011)

Announces the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers to Dr. Mauricio R. Delgado for his work with functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the human brain learns from experiences.

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Neuropeptide Promotes Behaviors Tied to Addiction and Overeating (July 2011)

Reports on several studies implicating a certain neuropeptide (a signaling molecule) in fostering addition and overeating and discusses implications for addiction treatment.

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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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