NIDA-NIAAA 2019 Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research
Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores notable research on drug and alcohol addiction What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health, will host a one-day... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 10, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Researchers Source Type: news

Teen e-cigarette use doubles since 2017
Photo by© iStock/BackyardProduction Data from the 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey of eighth, 10th and 12th graders show alarmingly high rates of e-cigarette use compared to just a year ago, with rates doubling in the past two years. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, scientists who... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Parents, Students, Teachers, Teens, Tobacco, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

Marijuana use at historic highs among college-age adults
See larger image Newly released Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey data on drug use in college-age adults ages 19-22 shows an increase in marijuana use in the past five years, including vaping with marijuana, as well as a significant increase in nicotine vaping. The survey is funded by the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Alcohol, Cocaine, College Students, College-Age and Young Adults, Marijuana, Monitoring the Future, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Parents, Prescription Stimulants, Researchers, Students, Teachers, Tobacco, Young Adults Source Type: news

Co-prescribing naloxone in Medicare Part D increases
Image by NIDA The practice of co-prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to Medicare Part D patients who take opioids for chronic pain increased between 2016 and 2017, though such co-prescriptions were provided to only a small minority of patients who might benefit, according... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 6, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Overdose, Pain, Pain Medication, Researchers Source Type: news

NIH establishes network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings
The National Institutes of Health will award 12 grants to form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in criminal justice settings nationwide. The awards, totaling an estimated $155 million from the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 24, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Criminal Justice, Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, Inmates and Parolees, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Pain, Pain Medication, Researchers Source Type: news

Study finds increased cannabis use during pregnancy
Cannabis use more than doubled among pregnant women in the United States during the period 2002-2017, according to data collected from 467,100 women aged 12-44 who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). After adjusting for age, race/ethnicity, and family income, past-... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Project to deter opioid tampering wins 2019 NIDA Addiction Science Award
A 14-year-old’s innovative approach to prevent tampering and misuse of opioid pills won a first place Addiction Science Award at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 17, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, College Students, Opioids, Researchers, Science Fair Awards, Students, Teachers, Teens, Tobacco, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program Holds Opioid Symposium
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Program will hold a one-day symposium to summarize the most recent advances in opioid research. Topics range from the use of a therapeutic workplace to address opioid use disorders to basic research such as findings... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Opioids, Researchers Source Type: news

Opioid Dose Variability Associated with Overdose
Photo by©iStock.com/dptulk As health care providers lower opioid doses for pain patients to minimize the risk of addiction; increase doses to manage worsening pain; or re-start dosing after a period of time without opioid pain relievers, patients could be getting confused about safe... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 22, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Researchers Source Type: news

Opioids without the risk of addiction?
Scientists are working to develop medicines that have the pain-relieving effects of opioids without the high risk of misuse and addiction. Since misuse is linked to the euphoric effects of the drug, investigators led by scientists at NIDA’s intramural labs are studying methadone, a drug... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 26, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Fentanyl, Opioids, Pain Medication, relapse prevention, Treatment, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Dr. Jack Stein appointed NIDA Chief of Staff
Jack B. Stein, Ph.D. Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has appointed Jack B. Stein, Ph.D., to be the NIDA Chief of Staff, a newly created position to support and assist the Director with coordination and strategic planning of key institute initiatives.... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 20, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Opioid Overdose Reversal News: FDA-approved naloxone devices produce substantially higher blood levels of naloxone than improvised nasal spray
Naloxone is a potentially life-saving drug commonly used to reverse opioid overdoses and can be injected as a liquid or delivered as a nasal spray. The fastest method of delivery is through an intravenous (IV) dose, but many first responders, police, families or friends are not well equipped... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Fentanyl, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Pain Medication, Researchers Source Type: news

Serotonin Unexpectedly Regulates Expression of Brain Genes
The brain chemical serotonin can regulate expression of genes within neurons in a very unexpected way, as described in a NIDA-funded paper just published in the journal Nature. It is all part of the marvel of DNA and how it works to form our individual biological maps. The mechanism... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 13, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Genetics, Mental Health, Researchers Source Type: news

Monthly buprenorphine injections effective for opioid use disorders
A newly published study suggests the long-acting buprenorphine formulation BUP-XR is more effective than placebo in helping patients struggling with addiction to opioids. BUP-XR is a monthly extended-release injection. Source: Photo by©iStock.com/ognianm Daily dose buprenorphine was... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

New toolkit for genomic editing holds promise for addiction research
The scientific world has advanced immeasurably by the science of DNA and genetics. Manipulating gene expression to change the way that cells such as neurons function has helped scientists create very specific tools to use for understanding and developing treatments for human diseases. For human... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 19, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Genetics, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Researchers, Treatment Source Type: news

Higher rates of NAS linked with economic conditions
©iStock/brebca A NIDA-funded analysis of eight states showed a significant association between rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and poor economic conditions. NAS is a series of uncomfortable symptoms experienced by newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal after their mothers... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 29, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Low Income Populations, Mental Health, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Researchers, Women, Women and Drugs Source Type: news

A whole new view of CB2
The cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 are key components of the human endocannabinoid system, a biological network involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes. NIDA-funded scientists have recently identified the crystal structure of the CB1 receptor and have some... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Marijuana, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Cascade of Care model recommended for opioid crisis
Courtesy of NIDA A team of NIDA-funded scientists has offered a critical look at how to build an improved framework of care for the identification and treatment of people with opioid use disorder (OUD). Building upon the successful Cascade of Care model developed in 2017 to manage... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 25, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Recovery, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Scientists closer to finding inherited traits in addiction
A computer-generated strand of DNA on a black background. Courtesy of©Shutterstock. Scientists have concluded that the risk of addiction is a complex combination of both genes and environmental influences. Despite advances in the science of genetics, it has been extremely difficult to... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 14, 2019 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Alcohol, Brain, Genetics, Researchers, Tobacco Source Type: news

Teens using vaping devices in record numbers
America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting“any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017. These findings come from the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF)... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 17, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, NIDAMED News, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

National Institute on Drug Abuse to hold teleconference discussing key findings of 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey on teen drug use
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will hold a teleconference on Monday, December 17, to discuss the results of the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey, funded by NIDA and conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, tracks annual drug use and attitudes... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 6, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

ABCD study completes enrollment, announces opportunities for scientific engagement
The National Institutes of Health announced today that enrollment for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study is now complete and, in early 2019, scientists will have access to baseline data from all ABCD Study participants. An ABCD participant in South Carolina preparing for... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: ABCD, Brain, Brain and Addiction, Children, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Researchers Source Type: news

Registration opens for 2019 National Drugs & amp; Alcohol Chat Day
Chat Day is part of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® Registration is now open for the 12th annual National Drugs& Alcohol Chat Day, a live web chat between high school teenagers and addiction and mental health scientists. Chat Day will be held on January 24, during National... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Students, Teachers, Teens Source Type: news

NIDA-NIAAA 2018 Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research
Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores notable research in addiction ranging from data science to early life adversity impact on substance use disorders to opioid receptor function and pain What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Researchers Source Type: news

Study shows impact of social interactions on addictive behavior
Illustration made by Dr. Marco Venniro, NIDA IRP A new study published in Nature Neuroscience finds that social interactions can have a profound effect on behaviors related to addiction, and on the brain ’s response to drug-associated cues. These findings, the first of their kind in rats, have... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 15, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Prevention Research, relapse prevention, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

New opioid treatment resources for emergency department clinicians
Photo by ©iStock.com/sshepard The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) today announced the availability of informational resources for clinicians interested in initiating buprenorphine treatment in emergency department settings. Buprenorphine is one of several medicines available for use... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 3, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Fentanyl, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Treatment Source Type: news

Daily use of marijuana among non-college young adults at all time high
See larger image The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey results on substance use trends as teens transition to adulthood are now available online, comparing substance use patterns of full-time college students to their non-... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 5, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: College Students, College-Age and Young Adults, Monitoring the Future, Young Adults Source Type: news

Event registration opens today for National Drug & amp; Alcohol Facts Week ®
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced today that event registration is open for the next National Drug& Alcohol Facts Week ® (NDAFW), to be held on Jan. 22-27, 2019. NDAFW is an annual, week-long series of... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 29, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Parents, Students, Teachers Source Type: news

Journal commentary addresses role of dentists in opioid crisis
©Shutterstock/mnimage Addressing the vital role of dentists in helping to alleviate the opioid crisis is the subject of a commentary, publishing today in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The commentary, authored by Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Pain Source Type: news

Study casts doubt on effectiveness of e-cigs for smoking cessation
©Shutterstock/NeydtStock A study found no evidence that smokers who used e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in the United States were more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than smokers who do not use these products. The study, looking at 2015-2016 data, found... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 9, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Adults, Trends and Statistics, Tobacco Source Type: news

2018 Avenir award recipient to study how social networks affect people who use drugs
Courtesy of Ben Lawson/ CC BY-NC-ND A proposal to study how drug users who are part of social networks influence their own communities has been given the 2018 Avenir award for HIV/AIDS research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Avenir (the French word for “future”) awards... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 2, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: HIV or AIDS, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

New clinician screening tool available for substance use
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network has unveiled a new scientifically validated, online screening tool designed to assess a patient ’s risk for substance misuse and substance use disorder, and assist the health care provider with prevention and treatment... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 28, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Evidence-Based Practices, NIDAMED News, Pain, Prevention Research, Treatment, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol Source Type: news

Training module now available for acute pain management in hospitalized adults
A case-based clinician training module designed for the evaluation of acute pain and opioid management for adults is now available through the Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) program, coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Opioid Management for Acute Pain in... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research, Prescription Drugs, Pain Medication, Opioids Source Type: news

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose
Courtesy of NIDA A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that treatment of opioid use disorder with either methadone or buprenorphine following a nonfatal opioid overdose is associated with significant reductions in opioid related mortality. The research, published today in the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 19, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Overdose, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research, Prescription Drugs, Pain Medication, Opioids, Heroin Source Type: news

Special journal issue highlights ABCD brain study
A special issue of the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience features more than a dozen articles related to the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, a landmark study on brain development and child health led by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 11, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: ABCD, Brain, Children, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Researchers, Brain and Addiction Source Type: news

Analysis of insurance coverage for back pain shows missed opportunities to prescribe non-opioid medications
(Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 6, 2018 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Full survey of annual teen drug use now available with additional data
Courtesy of University of Michigan The complete volume of the 2017 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) teen drug use and behavior survey results is now available online with never before seen highlights about drug use and attitudes among the nation ’s eighth, 10th and 12th graders. New... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 1, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Researchers, Trends and Statistics, Tobacco, Marijuana Source Type: news

Higher rate of substance use among Native American youth on reservations
Courtesy of NIDA A survey comparing drug use among Native American youth living on or near reservations to a national sample of American youth found that Native American youth report substantially higher use of alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, and other illicit drugs. The research from... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 31, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: American Indians and Alaska Natives, College-Age and Young Adults, Researchers, Trends and Statistics, Young Adults Source Type: news

Method to identify undetected drug suicides wins top NIDA Addiction Science Award
A project that identified and tested a bioinformatics program that can help identify underreported suicides linked to drug overdoses was awarded the first-place distinction at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) —the world’s largest science competition for high school... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 18, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, College Students, Researchers, Science Fair Awards, Students, Teachers, Teens Source Type: news

FDA approves first medication to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms
Courtesy of US WorldMeds, LLC. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce that lofexidine, the first medication for use in reducing symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal in adults, has been approved by the U.S. Food and... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, relapse prevention, Researchers, Treatment Research, Prescription Drugs, Opioids Source Type: news

Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action
​Fluorescence micrograph of a neuronal cell body showing the location of opioid receptor activation detected by the new biosensor immediately before (left panel) and 20 seconds after (right panel) application of morphine. Arrow points to the Golgi apparatus, a location within the interior of the.. . (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 10, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research, Prescription Drugs, Opioids Source Type: news

Nearly half of opioid-related overdose deaths involve fentanyl
An analysis of opioid-related overdose deaths found that synthetic opioids, such as illicit fentanyl, have surpassed prescription opioids as the most common drug involved in overdose deaths in the U.S. A research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 1, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Overdose, Treatment Research, Trends and Statistics, Prescription Drugs, Opioids, Fentanyl Source Type: news

Dr. Kurt Rasmussen to lead NIDA ’s therapeutics and medical consequences division
Dr. Kurt Rasmussen The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, welcomed Dr. Kurt Rasmussen today as the Director of the  Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences (DTMC). Dr. Rasmussen’s career spans more than 30 years of research and... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 30, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Understanding the Neuroscience of Addiction: what it means for prevention and treatment
Advances in the understanding of brain development, as well as the role that genes and environment play in addiction, are the focus of a review article published today in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The authors discuss how more than three decades of research in genetics and neuroscience... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 25, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Evidence-Based Practices, Genetics, NIDAMED News, Prevention Research, Researchers, Tobacco, Opioids, Brain and Addiction, Alcohol Source Type: news

Five million American adults misusing prescription stimulants
©iStock/urfinguss Scientists at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have completed the first comprehensive analysis of the prevalence of prescription stimulant use, misuse, use disorders, and motivations for misuse in the U.S. adult population. Looking at annual averages,... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 16, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Prescription Drugs, Stimulants Source Type: news

Study changes long-held concepts of cell decoding
Scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  Intramural Research Program (IRP) have uncovered evidence that shows a more complex and elaborate role for the body’s hard-working G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) than previously thought, suggesting a conceptual advance in the fields of... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 28, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Non-psychoactive cannabinoid may enable drug addiction recovery
Photo by ©Shutterstock/kzww An animal study finds that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, may help reduce the risk of drug and alcohol relapse. The research, conducted by the Scripps Research Institute, was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 26, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, NIDAMED News, relapse prevention, Researchers, Treatment Research, Cocaine, Marijuana, Alcohol Source Type: news

E-cigarette ads associated with cigarette smoking initiation among youth
©Shutterstock/NeydtStock A scientific study finds that receptivity to e-cigarette advertising increases the likelihood of trying conventional cigarettes one year later. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Center ... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 26, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Researchers, Teens, Young Adults, Tobacco Source Type: news

NIDA & #039;s 2018 Avant-Garde awards highlight immune response and killer cells
With diverse proposals focused on everything from natural killer cells to therapeutic vaccines to treat HIV, three recipients have been selected for the 2018 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: HIV or AIDS, Researchers Source Type: news

Greek life membership associated with binge drinking and marijuana use in later life
Photo by ©iStock.com/sturti A scientific study finds that close to half of residential fraternity members had symptoms of alcohol use disorder (AUD) by age 35, and that living in a fraternity or sorority at college is associated with continued binge drinking and marijuana use through early midlife... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 15, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Alcohol, College Students, College-Age and Young Adults, Marijuana, Prevention Research, Students, Women and Drugs, Young Adults Source Type: news