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Cocaine Vaccine Helps Some Reduce Drug Abuse (December 2010)

Reports on the results of a clinical trial that tested the effectiveness of a cocaine vaccine designed as a therapy for cocaine abuse and plans underway for a new study of 300 patients to confirm these results.

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Addiction Science Award Winners Announced (December 2010)

Announces the 2010 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

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Drug Abuse at Highest Level in Nearly a Decade (December 2010)

Reports on 2009 data indicating a rise in drug abuse in the United States and the factors that may have contributed to this increase.

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Incentives Promote Abstinence (December 2010)

Explores research findings on the value of motivational incentives to promote and reinforce abstinence from substances of abuse and encourage healthy behaviors.

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Workgroup Keeps NIDA on the Cutting Edge of Brain Science (December 2010)

Reports on the objectives and activities of the Neuroscience Consortium and their impact on Institute drug abuse research programs and initiatives.

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Study Supports Methadone Maintenance in Therapeutic Communities (December 2010)

Describes a study that examined the effectiveness of combining two therapies for drug abuse addiction: methadone treatment and therapeutic communities, two approaches that are rarely combined.

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Program Enhances Physician Knowledge on Substance Abuse (December 2010)

Reports on an evaluation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program to assess its effectiveness in improving knowledge, confidence, and preparedness to diagnose, manage, and teach about substance abuse.

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Detoxification Services and Pharmacotherapies Lacking in Nation's Jails and Prisons (December 2010)

Reports findings from a survey that revealed that although substance abuse is prevalent in jails and prisons, many correctional facilities do not offer detoxification services or therapies to aid in maintaining abstinence.

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Substance Abuse Evaluated Among Women With Children (December 2010)

Discusses rates of substance use or abuse among mothers with at-home children and the factors that may contribute to the abuse.

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Modafinil Normalizes Sleep During Early Cocaine Abstinence (December 2010)

Describes a study investigating the effectiveness of modafinil in enhancing sleep among cocaine abusers who are currently abstinent.

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