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
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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

Medication in Prison Associated with Reductions in Fatal Opioid Overdoses After Release
Treatment is the Key A state-led initiative created within the Rhode Island correctional system showed that offering medication to inmates with opioid use disorders reduced fatal overdoses once the inmates were released. The reduction in fatal overdoses was large enough to have a significant... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 14, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Criminal Justice, Health and Medical Professionals, Inmates and Parolees, NIDAMED News, Opioids, Researchers, Treatment, Treatment Research Source Type: news

NIH releases first dataset from unprecedented study of adolescent brain development
The National Institutes of Health today released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the study, well over half the participant goal.  ... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: ABCD, Brain, Brain and Addiction, Children, Health and Medical Professionals, Researchers Source Type: news

Dr. Redonna Chandler selected to lead AIDS Research Program at NIDA
Dr. Redonna Chandler Dr. Redonna Chandler has been named director of the AIDS Research Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this role, she will be responsible for the development, planning, and coordination of high priority... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: HIV or AIDS Source Type: news

Kappa Opioid Receptor Structure Revealed, A Potential Milestone in Medication Development
New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse illuminates the crystal structure of the activated kappa opioid receptor (KOR). The breakthrough could facilitate the development of new medications to treat pain and addiction. Photo: Bryan L. Roth MD, PhDThe structure of MP1104 in... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 4, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Opioids, Pain, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Study shows association between non-cigarette tobacco product use and future cigarette smoking among teens
Some teens who use e-cigarettes and other non-cigarette tobacco products report smoking cigarettes one year later, according to recent research funded by institutes within the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. The research is based on data from the participants of... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 2, 2018 Category: Addiction Tags: Pre-Teens, Researchers, Teens, Tobacco Source Type: news

Vaping popular among teens; opioid misuse at historic lows
Nearly 1 in 3 students in 12th grade report past year use of some kind of vaping device, raising concerns about the impact on their health. What they say is in the device, however, ranges from nicotine, to marijuana, to “just flavoring.” The survey also suggests that use of hookahs and regular... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 14, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

Can treatment during surgery reduce postoperative opioid use?
©iStock/windslegend With the current concerns related to opioid addiction and overdose, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are exploring ways to reduce the use of opioids for pain relief, while still effectively managing pain. In a randomized clinical trial, 422 patients. .. (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 13, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

National Institute on Drug Abuse to hold teleconference discussing key findings of 2017 Monitoring the Future Survey on teen drug use
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will hold a teleconference on Thursday, December 14, to discuss the results of the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey, conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, tracks annual drug use and attitudes among eighth, 10th, and... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 6, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

Cocaine contributes to overdose deaths among some minorities
Photo by ©Thinkstock.com/John Panella Drug overdose deaths are a major public health concern across all racial/ethnic groups, and are often associated with opioid use. However, a new study shows that cocaine is also a consistent contributor to overdose deaths. The research suggests that rates of... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 4, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: African Americans, Cocaine, Health and Medical Professionals, Heroin, Opioids, Prevention Research, Researchers Source Type: news

Registration opens for Drugs & amp; Alcohol Chat Day
High schools nationwide can now register for the 11th annual Drugs& Alcohol Chat Day, a web chat between teens and scientists to be held on January 22, during National Drug and  Alcohol Facts Week®, which runs from January 22–28, 2018. Registrations are on a first–come, first-served basis and... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 30, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Students, Teachers, Teens Source Type: news

Separating side effects could hold key for safer opioids
Photo by ©istock.com/Pitju Opioid pain relievers can be extremely effective in relieving pain, but can carry a high risk of addiction and ultimately overdose when breathing is suppressed and stops. Scientists have discovered a way to separate these two effects -- pain relief and breathing --... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 16, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Pain, Researchers Source Type: news

Opioid treatment drugs have similar outcomes once patients initiate treatment
A study comparing the effectiveness of two pharmacologically distinct medications used to treat opioid use disorder – a buprenorphine/naloxone combination and an extended release naltrexone formulation – shows similar outcomes once medication treatment is initiated. Among active opioid users,... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 14, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Heroin, Opioids, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research: The Science of Astrocytes, Stress Response, and Translational Research
What:  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will host a one-day mini convention, a satellite event of the 2017 Society of Neuroscience annual meeting. NIDA and NIAAA grantees will... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 6, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Researchers Source Type: news

NIDA launches two adolescent substance use screening tools
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched two evidenced-based online screening tools that providers can use to assess substance use disorder risk among adolescents 12-17 years old. These tools can be self-administered or completed by clinicians in less than two minutes.   They are... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 1, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Young Adults Source Type: news

Study identifies a brain pathway involved in drug relapse after cessation of contingency management
Courtesy of Marco Venniro A team of researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has identified what may be the crucial brain circuit involved in relapse to drug use when an effective behavioral treatment for drug addiction, known as contingency management, is discontinued.... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 11, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Heroin, Methamphetamine, relapse prevention, Researchers Source Type: news

Study highlights unmet treatment needs among adults with mental health and substance use disorders
©Shutterstock/Lightspring Despite current treatment guidelines, fewer than 10 percent of adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders receive treatment for both disorders, and more than 50 percent do not receive treatment for either disorder. The findings highlight a large... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 3, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Comorbidity, Criminal Justice, Health and Medical Professionals, Mental Health, People with Drug Use Disorders, Treatment Source Type: news

Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of prescription opioid misuse and use disorders
Photo by NIDA New research suggests that marijuana users may be more likely than nonusers to misuse prescription opioids and develop prescription opioid use disorder. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health,... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 26, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Comorbidity, Marijuana, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Researchers Source Type: news

Young adults ’ daily use of marijuana a concern
See larger image The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) national survey results of drug use among full-time college students and their non-college peers are now available online, highlighting that daily marijuana use is at the highest... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 8, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future Source Type: news

Collaborative care shows promise for opioid and alcohol use disorders
A NIDA-funded randomized clinical trial found that primary care patients with opioid and alcohol use disorders (OAUD) who were offered a collaborative care intervention were more likely to receive evidence-based treatment and refrain from using opioids and alcohol six months later, compared to... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 28, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Alcohol, Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Treatment Source Type: news

Women who inject drugs may be at greater risk of HCV than men
©istock.com/praetorianphoto There is a clear body of research assessing sex and gender differences in risk behaviors among people who inject drugs, however little or no research has investigated sex differences in hepatitis C (HCV) susceptibility. A newly published analysis examining data from... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 25, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Men, Prevention Research, Researchers, Women, Women and Drugs Source Type: news

Event registration opens 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 that event registration begins today for the next National Drug& Alcohol Facts Week ® (NDAFW), to be held Jan. 22-28, 2018. NDAFW is an annual, week-long series of... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 23, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Parents, Students, Teachers Source Type: news

Grants awarded to address opioid crisis in rural regions
Photo by ©iStock.com/cbell7153 To address the opioid crisis in rural U.S. regions, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in partnership with several other federal agencies, have issued nine grants to help communities develop comprehensive approaches to prevent and treat consequences of... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 16, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Energy drinks and risk to future substance use
©iStock/Mauro-Matacchione New research suggests that college students who regularly consume energy drinks are at a greater risk for future alcohol use disorder, cocaine use or nonmedical use (misuse) of prescription stimulants. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA. .. (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 8, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Alcohol, Cocaine, College Students, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Researchers, Stimulants, Teens Source Type: news

Pain relief most reported reason for misuse of opioid pain relievers
Photo by ©iStock/dptulk More than one third of adults nationwide reported prescription opioid use in 2015, with substantial numbers reporting misuse and use disorders, according to a report compiled to estimate the prevalence of, and explore the motivations for, opioid use and misuse. The data... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 31, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Evidence-Based Practices, Opioids, Pain, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Researchers Source Type: news

Intensive intervention increases clinical adherence to opioid prescribing guidelines in chronic care
Photo by ©iStock.com/18percentgrey There is much discussion on the safety and effectiveness of prescribing opioids for chronic pain patients. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued clinical guidelines for chronic opioid therapy, these guidelines are not followed by many... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 17, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Long-term anabolic steroid use linked to damage to heart and arteries
©shutterstock.com/Pivot/©istock.com/Eraxion/ New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that long-term exposure to anabolic-androgenic steroids may be associated with substantial impairment of the heart, including a reduction in pumping performance and damage to the. .. (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 23, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Medical Consequences, Researchers, Steroids (Anabolic) Source Type: news

Epigenetics takes center stage with this year ’s Addiction Science Awards 
A project applying the science of epigenetics to demonstrate the health dangers of hookah smoke won a first-place Addiction Science Award at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) —the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 19, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, College Students, College-Age and Young Adults, Genetics, Researchers, Science Fair Awards, Students, Teachers, Teens Source Type: news

NIDA hosts sessions on pain at APA annual meeting
Dr. Nora Volkow to receive APA Special Presidential Commendation To help address the ongoing prescription opioid overdose epidemic, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host sessions on the management and treatment of pain as it relates to substance use disorders at the 2017 American... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 11, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Amphetamines, Brain, Brain and Addiction, Comorbidity, Health and Medical Professionals, Mental Health, Opioids, Pain, Pain Medication, People with Drug Use Disorders, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Rese Source Type: news

Study shows buprenorphine more effective than morphine for treatment of opioid withdrawal in newborns
A newly published study showed that buprenorphine is more effective than morphine in treating withdrawal symptoms in newborns prenatally exposed to opioids, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Unlike morphine, buprenorphine did not affect breathing rates, although medications were... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 4, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: news