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

Smoking cessation success linked to sex difference
Photo by ©Shutterstock.com/Pedro Bento A meta-analysis of smoking cessation therapies, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), showed that clinicians should strongly consider varenicline as the first treatment option for women who are trying to quit smoking. Varenicline, a... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - July 10, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Tobacco, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Co-prescribing naloxone in primary care settings may reduce ER visits
©iStockphoto/megaflopp Research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that patients taking opioids for long-term chronic pain, who were given prescriptions for naloxone in a primary care setting, had 63 percent fewer opioid-related emergency department visits after one year... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 27, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Pain, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Linked to Reductions in Opioid Overdose Deaths
Photo by ©iStock.com/18percentgrey New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that state implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was associated with a reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths. The study, published in Health Affairs, also... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 21, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Opioids, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Researchers Source Type: news

Addiction treatment patients trained to manage their healthcare may have better outcomes
Photo by ©iStock.com/shironosov Research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reveals that teaching patients in addiction treatment how to communicate with physicians, and providing training on using an electronic health records portal, empowers them to better engage in their... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 21, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Pioneering early stage researchers selected for NIDA ’s 2016 Avenir awards
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced seven recipients of its two Avenir Award programs for HIV/AIDS and genetics or epigenetics research. The awards will support exciting approaches with tools such as genome editing and smart... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 8, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Genetics, HIV or AIDS, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Pioneering early stage researchers selected for NIDA’s 2016 Avenir awards
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced seven recipients of its two Avenir Award programs for HIV/AIDS and genetics or epigenetics research. The awards will support exciting approaches with tools such as genome editing and smart... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 8, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Genetics, HIV or AIDS, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

NIDA creates online resource to raise awareness about naloxone
Image courtesy of ADAPT Pharma, Inc. Responding to public demand for tools and information to help stem the growing opioid overdose epidemic, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a web section dedicated to resources about the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. The new web... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - June 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Heroin, Opioids, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Treatment Research Source Type: news

College and young adult drug use data now available online
Also new: list of college programs in addiction studies The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is pleased to announce that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) national survey results for full-time college students, and young people of the same age not attending college, are now available... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 30, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Alcohol, Cocaine, College-Age and Young Adults, Marijuana, Monitoring the Future, Researchers, Stimulants, Teachers, Tobacco Source Type: news

FDA approves six month implant for treatment of opioid dependence
Courtesy of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first long-acting, subdermal buprenorphine implant for the treatment of opioid... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 25, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Link between stress mindset and factors that influence addiction vulnerability —focus of top NIH Addiction Science Award
A project showing how negative attitudes about stress impact key factors that influence vulnerability to addiction, including sleep, emotion and cognition, won a first place Addiction Science Award at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) —the world’s largest science... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, College Students, Researchers, Science Fair Awards, Students, Teachers, Teens Source Type: news

Link between stress mindset and factors that influence addiction vulnerability—focus of top NIH Addiction Science Award
A project showing how negative attitudes about stress impact key factors that influence vulnerability to addiction, including sleep, emotion and cognition, won a first place Addiction Science Award at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Advancing psychiatric practice through the science of addiction
NIDA hosts research track at APA annual meeting The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will present a research track at the 2016 American Psychiatric Association’s (APA’s) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA from May 14th through 18th.  The NIDA sessions will focus on high priority areas related to... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - May 4, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Comorbidity, Health and Medical Professionals, Heroin, Marijuana, Mental Health, Pain Medication, People with Drug Use Disorders, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Researchers, Tobacco, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Dr. Nora Volkow to Speak at X-STEM: Extreme STEM Symposium
Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, will speak about the addicted brain at X-STEM, an Extreme STEM Symposium for middle through high school students on April 14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. X-STEM is a “TED-style” event... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - April 6, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Brain, Students, Teachers Source Type: news

Review article outlines strategies to reduce opioid abuse risk
©Shutterstock/David Smart More than 30 percent of Americans have some form of chronic pain. Yet, the over-reliance on the millions of opioid pain reliever prescriptions dispensed yearly have resulted in a national epidemic of overdose deaths and addiction. A review article published today in The... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 30, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Pain, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Researchers Source Type: news

Extended-release naltrexone lowers relapse rates in ex-offenders
©istockphoto/kwanchaichaiudom New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed that the initial relapse rates among opioid-dependent adults in the criminal justice system was lower for participants receiving extended-release naltrexone than for those receiving treatment... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 30, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Criminal Justice, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Brain dopamine release reduced in severe marijuana dependence
©istockphoto/wenht NIDA-funded research using brain scans shows that severe marijuana dependence (now referred to as cannabis use disorder) is associated with a reduced release of dopamine within the striatum, a region involved in working memory, impulsivity and attention. Lower dopamine release... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 21, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Brain, Marijuana, People with Drug Use Disorders, Researchers Source Type: news

Substance use disorders extremely common among previously incarcerated youth
©iStock/AlexRaths New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that of previously incarcerated youths, more than 90% of males and nearly 80% of females had a substance use disorder at some point in their lifetime. The longitudinal study randomly sampled 1,829 youth -- ages... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: College Students, College-Age and Young Adults, Men, People with Drug Use Disorders, Racial and Ethnic Groups, Researchers, Trends and Statistics, Women, Young Adults Source Type: news

A child’s first eight years critical for substance abuse prevention
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 9, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, Parents, Pregnant Women, Prevention Research, Researchers, Teachers Source Type: news

A child ’s first eight years critical for substance abuse prevention
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child ’s self-... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 8, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, Parents, Pregnant Women, Prevention Research, Researchers, Teachers Source Type: news

NIH convenes Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit
What: NIH to host Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit, focusing on the neurological and psychiatric effects of marijuana, other cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system. Both the adverse and the potential therapeutic effects of the cannabinoid system will be discussed... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - March 2, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Evidence-Based Practices, Health and Medical Professionals, Marijuana, Researchers Source Type: news

NIDA and ARC announce funding opportunity for research projects to address opioid injection use and its consequences in the Appalachian Region
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), has announced a NIDA funding opportunity for one-year, services planning research grants to address a dramatic increase in adverse outcomes associated with increased opioid injection drug... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 25, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Heroin, HIV or AIDS, Opioids, Pain, Prescription Drugs, Researchers Source Type: news

Naloxone prescriptions from pharmacies increased ten-fold
A new scientific analysis shows prescriptions for naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose, has increased ten-fold in the past eighteen months. Naloxone is traditionally distributed through community programs. To help address the recent dramatic numbers of overdose... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Heroin, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Dr. Marilyn Huestis retires
This week the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced that Dr. Marilyn Huestis, Chief of Chemistry and Drug Metabolism at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) in Baltimore, Maryland, has retired from government service. Dr. Huestis is internationally known and respected for her work... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 5, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Researchers Source Type: news

NIDA issues strategic plan to address current and future public health needs through transformative addiction research
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released its Strategic Plan for 2016-2020: Advancing Addiction Science, focusing on its mission to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. Drug... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - February 4, 2016 Category: Addiction Source Type: news

Research on THC blood levels sheds light on difficulties of testing for impaired driving
©Shutterstock/Ralf Kleemann Driving under the influence of drugs is a major public safety issue, and marijuana is the illicit drug most commonly found in the blood of drivers. There is an ongoing challenge to develop valid tests of driver intoxication with appropriate legal limits for blood... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 28, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Drugged Driving, Marijuana, Researchers Source Type: news

Review article reinforces support for brain disease model of addiction
©iStock/MachineHeadz The concept of addiction as a brain disease is still being questioned. Yet, an article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob, and Dr. A. Thomas McLellan, co-founder and Chair of the Board of the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 28, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Research on THC blood levels sheds light on difficulties of testing for impaired driving
©Shutterstock/Ralf Kleemann Driving under the influence of drugs is a major public safety issue, and marijuana is the illicit drug most commonly found in the blood of drivers. There is an ongoing challenge to develop valid tests of driver intoxication with appropriate legal limits for blood... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 28, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Drugged Driving, Marijuana, Researchers Source Type: news

Review article reinforces support for brain disease model of addiction
©iStock/MachineHeadz The concept of addiction as a brain disease is still being questioned. Yet, an article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob, and Dr. A. Thomas McLellan, co-founder and Chair of the Board of the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 28, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Addiction Science, Brain, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

NIDA editorial urges safer opioid prescribing practices for pregnant women
Photo by morgueFile.com Recent research sheds light on the risks of prescribing opioids to pregnant women and their exposed infants – underscoring the importance of following good opioid prescription practices, according to an editorial published today in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Nora D... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 13, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Pregnant Women, Prescription Drugs, Researchers, Women, Women and Drugs Source Type: news

New policies to reduce opioid prescribing not likely to have caused increase in heroin use
A new scientific review suggests that federal and state policies aimed at curbing inappropriate prescribing of opioids have not directly led to the recent increases in heroin use across the nation. Researchers conducting an analysis of the relationship between prescription opioid and heroin abuse... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 13, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Heroin, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

NIDA editorial urges safer opioid prescribing practices for pregnant women
Photo by morgueFile.com Recent research sheds light on the risks of prescribing opioids to pregnant women and their exposed infants – underscoring the importance of following good opioid prescription practices, according to an editorial published today in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Nora D... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 13, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Opioids, Pregnant Women, Prescription Drugs, Researchers, Women, Women and Drugs Source Type: news

New opioid prescribing policies not likely to have caused increase in heroin use
A new scientific review suggests that federal and state policies aimed at curbing inappropriate prescribing of opioids have not directly led to the recent increases in heroin use across the nation. Researchers conducting an analysis of the relationship between prescription opioid and heroin abuse... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - January 13, 2016 Category: Addiction Tags: Heroin, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Prevention Research, Researchers, Treatment Research Source Type: news

Registration open for Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day; SHATTER THE MYTHS pledge card available
Schools can now register for Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) annual Web chat that connects NIH and FDA scientists with teens around the country, at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week/chat-with-scientists. Teens, who are bombarded daily... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 18, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Students, Teachers, Teens Source Type: news

Registration open for Drugs & amp; Alcohol Chat Day; SHATTER THE MYTHS pledge card available
Schools can now register for Drugs & amp; Alcohol Chat Day, the National Institute on Drug Abuse ’s (NIDA) annual Web chat that connects NIH and FDA scientists with teens around the country, at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week/chat-with-scientists. Teens, who are bombarded daily... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 17, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Students, Teachers, Teens Source Type: news

Drug use trends remain stable or decline among teens
The 2015 Monitoring the Future survey (MTF) shows decreasing use of a number of substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, prescription opioid pain relievers, and synthetic cannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana”). Other drug use remains stable, including marijuana, with continued high rates of daily... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 16, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

National Institute on Drug Abuse to discuss results of 2015 Monitoring the Future survey
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will hold a teleconference and Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 16, to discuss the results of the 2015 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The survey, conducted earlier this year by scientists at the University of Michigan, tracks annual drug use and... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 15, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Monitoring the Future, Trends and Statistics Source Type: news

NIDA and NIAAA release new resources for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) are pleased to unveil new online toolkits designed for National Drug and Alcohol Facts WeekSM event holders interested in focusing on specific drugs. National Drug and Alcohol Facts... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - December 2, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Students, Teachers Source Type: news

High rates of dental and gum disease occur among methamphetamine users
Courtesy of the American Dental Association A new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) documents the high rates and unique patterns of dental decay and gum disease in people who use the illicit drug methamphetamine. The large study of 571 methamphetamine users found that 96... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 23, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Methamphetamine, Researchers Source Type: news

FDA approves naloxone nasal spray to reverse opioid overdose
Image courtesy of ADAPT Pharma, Inc. Easy-to-use technology provides alternative to injectable form of lifesaving medication The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce that intranasal naloxone –a nasal spray formulation of the... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 18, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Health and Medical Professionals, Heroin, Opioids, Pain Medication, Prescription Drugs, Treatment Research Source Type: news

NIDA Issues Challenge to Create App for Addiction Research
App will use Apple’s ResearchKit™  Framework The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today issued a Challenge “Addiction Research: There’s an App for that,” aimed at physicians and data scientists to develop a novel mobile application (app) for... (Source: NIDA News)
Source: NIDA News - November 3, 2015 Category: Addiction Tags: Researchers Source Type: news