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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

Illicit cannabis use and use disorders increase in states with medical marijuana laws
An analysis of national survey data indicates that laws legalizing medical marijuana use are associated with increases in illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders among adults. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 26, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Marijuana Source Type: news

Cannabis use increases in medical marijuana states
An analysis of national survey data indicates that laws legalizing medical marijuana use are associated with increases in illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders among adults. The research was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 26, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Marijuana Source Type: news

College students at increased risk for smoking marijuana
©Shutterstock/Stephen Orsillo An analysis of national survey data indicates that students attending college are at a significantly higher risk of beginning to use marijuana than those not enrolled in college, underscoring the need for improved prevention efforts. The research, conducted by... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 21, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: College Students, College-Age and Young Adults, Marijuana, Monitoring the Future, Prevention Research Source Type: news

Dr. Rita Valentino to lead NIDA ’s neuroscience and behavior division
Dr. Rita Valentino The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health welcomed Dr. Rita Valentino today as the Director of the NIDA Division of Neuroscience and Behavior. Dr. Valentino ’s career spans 26 years of academic, research, and leadership experience in... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 17, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

NIDA announces recipients of 2017 Avant-Garde Awards for HIV/AIDS research
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that three scientists have been selected to receive the 2017 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research. The winning proposals focus on a variety of novel approaches, including: improving HIV... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 5, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: HIV or AIDS, Researchers Source Type: news

New resources available for criminal justice and drug treatment counselors
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created several new resources for those who work within the criminal justice system and other environments where people in recovery are ready to return to their lives outside of a structured setting. The new materials include: Drugs& the Brain... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Opioids are driving increase in cocaine overdose deaths
Photo ©iStock/sb-borg/ An examination of national trend data shows that heroin and synthetic opioids are driving a recent increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths. The assessment was conducted by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Center for Injury... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 8, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: Cocaine, Heroin, Opioids, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Stimulants Source Type: news

Study finds one in four high school e-cigarette users have tried “dripping”
Photo ©iStock/Neuevector/ A study of high school students found that one in four teens reported using e-cigarettes for “dripping,” a practice in which users produce and inhale vapors by placing drops of e-liquids directly onto heated atomizer coils. In a survey of 1,080 Connecticut high school... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 6, 2017 Category: Addiction Tags: College-Age and Young Adults, Tobacco Source Type: news

New analysis highlights patterns of adult medical marijuana use
An analysis of medical marijuana use among adults in the United States indicates that more than 21 percent of medical marijuana users reside in states that have not legalized its use; suggesting that physicians might be recommending medical marijuana regardless of legalization in their respective... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Marijuana, Researchers Source Type: news

Journal issue addresses nonmedical use of prescription drugs
Photo by ©iStock.com/pagadesign A special issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors features more than a dozen articles related to understanding and addressing the serious public health issues related to the nonmedical use of prescription drugs. Many articles are funded by the National Institute... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 15, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, College Students, College-Age and Young Adults, Heroin, Medical Consequences, Opioids, Researchers Source Type: news

Preoccupation with muscle mass may spur steroid use among non-athlete men
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/CC0 A new viewpoint written by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Harvard Medical School describes that a growing number of young, non-athlete men are using androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) and other appearance and performance... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 15, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Teen substance use shows promising decline
The 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey results released today from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reflect changing teen behaviors and choices in a social media-infused world. The results show a continued long-term decline in the use of many illicit substances, including... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

National Institute on Drug Abuse to hold teleconference discussing key findings of 2016 Monitoring the Future Survey on teen drug use
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will hold a teleconference on Tuesday, December 13, to discuss the results of the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey, conducted earlier this year by scientists at the University of Michigan, tracks annual drug use and attitudes among... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 5, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

Registration opens for Drugs & amp; Alcohol Chat Day
High schools can now register for the 10th annual Drugs& Alcohol Chat Day, a web chat to be held on January 26, during  National Drug& Alcohol Facts WeekSM, which runs from January 23 – 29, 2017. Registrations are taken on a first–come, first-served basis and are limited to about 100... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 4, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research
(Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 2, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Researchers Source Type: news

Structure of primary cannabinoid receptor is revealed
New research is providing a more detailed view into the structure of the human cannabinoid (CB1) receptor. These findings provide key insights into how natural and synthetic cannabinoids including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) —a primary chemical in marijuana—bind at the CB1 receptor to produce their... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 19, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: K2/Spice, Marijuana, Pain, Researchers Source Type: news

Multi agency funding announcement to assist with opioid crisis in rural U.S. regions
Photo by ©iStock.com/cbell7153 A new federal funding opportunity was announced today to help find solutions to the opioid use and overdose crisis in the nation’s rural regions. It includes a focus on coal-impacted counties within Appalachia, as well as rural communities in other parts of the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - October 6, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Medical Consequences, Opioids, Prevention Research, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Buprenorphine Prescribers Treat Below Current Patient Limits
Photo by ©istock.com/ognianm A new NIDA-funded study analysis found that the monthly numbers of opioid use disorder patients treated by buprenorphine prescribers were significantly below current limits, suggesting that barriers exist to securing treatment. Buprenorphine, a medication effective in... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 19, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Recruitment begins for landmark study of adolescent brain development
Recruitment for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States, began today. The landmark study by the National Institutes of Health will follow the biological and behavioral development of more than 10... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Children, Pre-Teens, Prevention Research, Researchers, Teens, Treatment Research Source Type: news

NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K) - New Funding Announcements
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K, https://datascience.nih.gov/bd2k) announces the release of two new RFAs for training in biomedical big data science: RFA-MD-16-002 NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25) RFA-ES-16-011 BD2K Research... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - September 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Pain relief without risk of addiction or overdose?
©iStock.com/Sezeryadigar New preclinical NIDA-funded research shows that a new compound, BU08028, acts on opioid and non-opioid brain receptors to relieve pain without harmful side effects. In the study, primates experienced pain relief but did not become dependent upon BU08028, and in fact, found ... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 28, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Pain, Pain Medication, Prevention Research, Researchers Source Type: news

Teens using e-cig devices not just for nicotine
Photo by ©iStock.com/kitiara65/http://istockpho.to/1SWVugO A recent analysis of the 2015 Monitoring the Future (MTF) findings on e-cigarette use highlights uncertainty about what teens are actually inhaling when using " e-cig " devices, and at least six percent report they are using the vaporizers... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 25, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Monitoring the Future, Researchers, Tobacco, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

National Drug & amp; Alcohol Facts Week begins January 23
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) announced today that the next National Drug& Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW) will be held Jan. 23-29, 2017, with event registration beginning immediately. NDAFW is an annual, week-long... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 24, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Parents, Students, Teachers Source Type: news

Brain region may manage reward expectations and responding
©Shutterstock/vitstudio A new paper by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) researchers suggests that a certain brain region—the amygdala central nucleus— plays a role in predicting reward value and allocating work accordingly. Rats expecting a reward show activation in this brain regio n,... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - August 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Secondhand marijuana smoke may impair cardiovascular function
In this study, rats were exposed to secondhand marijuana or tobacco smoke... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 27, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Marijuana, Medical Consequences, Researchers, Tobacco Source Type: news

Athletic teens less likely to transition from prescription pain relievers to heroin
  Teens who participate in daily sports and exercise activities are less likely to transition from opioid pain reliever use to heroin, according to research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and published today in Pediatrics.   There have been anecdotal reports of teen... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 24, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Heroin, Opioids, Pain, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Researchers, Teens Source Type: news

NIDA editorial supports use of buprenorphine implant for opioid use disorder
Courtesy of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals An editorial published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and NIDA Deputy Director Dr. Wilson Compton discusses the importance of the new long-acting buprenorphine implant technology as an added tool in... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Research finds that patient navigation does not improve viral suppression rates among those with substance use disorders and HIV
New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that intensive patient navigation support and financial incentives used to motivate patients with substance use disorders to engage in their HIV care, had no beneficial effect on their HIV viral suppression rate. Even though... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 11, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news