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BMC physician awarded NIDA grant for addiction medicine training program
Boston Medical Center physician Jeffrey Samet, M.D., chief, section of general internal medicine, in collaboration with co-principal investigator, Patrick O'Connor, M.D., chief section of general internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine, were awarded a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to aid the development of formal addiction medicine training programs. (2012-04-02)

Could targeting oxtyocin help treat opioid addiction?
A new review of published research indicates that the oxytocin system -- a key player in social reward and stress regulation -- is profoundly affected by opioid use. Therefore, it may be an important target for developing medications to treat opioid addiction and to prevent relapse. (2017-04-05)

NIDA to host two-day neuroscience symposium
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is hosting a symposium, (2003-03-26)

How the brain puts the brakes on the negative impact of cocaine
Research published by Cell Press in the Jan. 12 issue of the journal Neuron provides fascinating insight into a newly discovered brain mechanism that limits the rewarding impact of cocaine. The study describes protective delayed mechanism that turns off the genes that support the development of addiction-related behaviors. The findings may lead to a better understanding of vulnerability to addiction and as well as new strategies for treatment. (2012-01-11)

Covering substance abuse and addiction issues: What's new?
Journalists and writers are invited to attend this seminar sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (2002-03-05)

Addiction breakthrough may lead to new treatments
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered why some individuals may be predisposed to drug addiction and believe it may lead to better treatments for this brain disorder. (2007-03-01)

New credential for co-occurring disorders will pressure addiction professionals
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly reports on the new credentials needed by addicition professionals to help co-occurring patients. (2007-04-23)

Chances for better care for addicts
Recently six scientific studies have been published on better care for addicts. The studies were carried out on behalf of ZonMW (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research) and NWO. They provide an overview of the current scientific knowledge about important themes in addiction. The studies provide perspectives for policy, research and practice. (2006-05-11)

Potential new treatment for cocaine addiction
A team of researchers led by Cardiff University has discovered a promising new drug treatment for cocaine addiction. (2016-08-31)

Addiction scientists call for end to executions for drug offenders
The death penalty for those convicted of drug trafficking and other drug-related offenses should be abolished as it is both ineffective as a policy measure and a violation of human rights. (2009-07-14)

Cuts to addiction services in England are 'a false economy' warns expert
Cuts to addiction services in England are a false economy and are instead increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, warns an expert in The BMJ today. (2017-05-24)

Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed
Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combatting drug addiction relapse. (2018-06-12)

New discovery offers hope of better treatments for cocaine addiction relapse
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have identified a key mechanism involved in relapse to cocaine addiction. In determining the involvement of the neurotransmitter glutamate in relapse in the rat, the Einstein researchers also suggest a promising target for developing effective treatments for preventing relapses. (2001-05-09)

Science education: bringing neurobiology and addiciton research to the public
A NIDA-supported workshop designed to provide science teachers with tools to introduce school-aged children and adults to issues related to drug abuse and addiction. (2001-06-11)

BMC study: Treat patients with addiction during, after hospitalization
The results of a new study demonstrate that starting hospitalized patients who have an opioid addiction on buprenorphine treatment in the hospital and seamlessly connecting them with an outpatient office based treatment program can greatly reduce whether they relapse after they are discharged. (2014-06-30)

Adopting 12-step philosophy may enhance outcomes of counseling for cocaine addiction
Study results suggest that encouraging patients to adopt the (2004-05-03)

Addiction is a disease, and negative attitudes must change
Health professionals and society must change their negative attitudes toward addiction, which is a disease that requires treatment like other health conditions, states an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2011-12-12)

NIDA to host two-day conference in September
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host a two-day conference, (2003-04-02)

Boston Medical Center's CARE Unit receives additional NIH funding
The Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit in the Section of General Internal Medicine at BMC was recently awarded a $1,886,087 renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand its education of physicians-in-training to become sophisticated implementers of substance use screening, assessment and treatment research. (2011-02-14)

Using science to combat addiction
In this Policy Forum, Keith Humphreys and colleagues highlight the need for science, and particularly neuroscience, to inform policies that address addiction. (2017-06-22)

New study finds that PROMETAT, a controversial methamphetamine treatment program, is ineffective
A recent study has found that PROMETAT, a popular but controversial treatment for methamphetamine addiction, is no more effective than placebo in reducing methamphetamine use, keeping users in treatment, or reducing cravings for methamphetamine. The study was funded by Hythiam, the company that owns the PROMETAT protocol, and is published online today in the scientific journal Addiction. (2011-11-15)

Researchers find clue to preventing addiction relapse
A study published in Neuropsychopharmacology reported that relapse can be prevented by controlling cells in a brain region called the nucleus accumbens. The study was conducted among 90 Sprague Dawley rats with genetic diversity. (2019-12-02)

New drug abuse treatment shows promise
Patients who receive buprenorphine treatment for opioid addiction in an office-based setting are more likely than those receiving methadone treatment to be young men, new to drug use, and with no history of methadone treatment, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. (2005-06-28)

New research indicates that a common heart drug
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School have found that diltiazem, a drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure, reduces cocaine cravings in a rat model. These findings will appear in the March issue of the leading medical journal Nature Neuroscience. (2008-02-27)

Research identifies a way to block memories associated with PTSD or drug addiction
New research from Western University could lead to better treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction by effectively blocking memories. The research by Nicole Lauzon and Steven Laviolette has identified a common mechanism in a region of the brain called the pre-limbic cortex, which can suppress the recall of memories linked to both aversive, traumatic experiences associated with PTSD and rewarding memories linked to drug addiction, without permanently altering memories. (2012-12-05)

Public feels more negative toward drug addicts than mentally ill
People are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness, and don't support insurance, housing and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. (2014-10-01)

Smaller volumes in certain regions of the brain could lead to increased likelihood of drug addiction
An article publishing online today in Brain: A Journal of Neurology has found that individual differences in brain structure could help to determine the risk for future drug addiction. The study found that occasional users who subsequently increased their drug use compared with those who did not, showed brain structural differences when they started using drugs. (2015-05-13)

Early escalation of cocaine intake is a predictor of addiction
New users of cocaine who quickly escalate the amount they are taking is a good predictor of who is likely to become addicted, a Yale study shows. The study, using an animal model, showed the animals with the highest craving responses in abstinence showed a dramatic escalation of cocaine intake prior to abstinence. (2000-05-29)

Western University scientists discover a novel opiate addiction switch in the brain
Neuroscientists at Western University have made a remarkable new discovery revealing the underlying molecular process by which opiate addiction develops in the brain. Opiate addiction is largely controlled by the formation of powerful reward memories that link the pleasurable effects of opiate-class drugs to environmental triggers that induce drug craving in individuals addicted to opiates. The research is published in the Sept. 11th issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. (2013-09-10)

Starting opioid addiction treatment in the ED is cost-effective
The most cost-effective treatment for people with untreated opioid addiction who visit the emergency department (ED) is buprenorphine, a medication to reduce drug cravings and withdrawal, say Yale researchers. (2017-08-16)

New NIH-funded study to identify risks for vulnerability to drug addiction
A new study aims to better understand what makes some individuals particularly vulnerable to developing drug addiction. A team of researchers from across the country will look at how genes that influence brain function cause risk for addictions. J. David Jentsch, Empire Innovation Professor of psychology at Binghamton University, is part of the team of investigators awarded a new grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to conduct the research. (2016-08-23)

Cocaine addiction, craving and relapse
One of the major challenges of cocaine addiction is the high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal and abstinence. But new research reveals that changes in our DNA during drug withdrawal may offer promising ways of developing more effective treatments for addiction. Withdrawal from drug use results in reprogramming of the genes in the brain that lead to addictive personality, say researchers from McGill University and Bar Ilan University in a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. (2015-05-26)

A mother's touch may protect against drug cravings
An attentive, nurturing mother may be able to help her children better resist the temptations of drug use later in life, according to a study involving the University of Adelaide. (2011-12-06)

NIDA grant to fund new JAX Center for Systems Neurogenetics of Addiction
The National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health has made a grant to The Jackson Laboratory to create a new Center for Systems Neurogenetics of Addiction. (2016-08-09)

Vanderbilt researchers find that diabetes drug could be effective in treating addiction
Vanderbilt researchers are reporting today that a drug currently used to treat type 2 diabetes could be just as effective in treating addiction to drugs, including cocaine. The findings, published online today as a 'Letter To The Editor' in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, could have far-reaching implications for patients worldwide who suffer from addiction. (2012-10-23)

Boston Medical Center researchers educating chief residents about addiction
Researchers from Boston Medical Center have found that education on addiction is inadequate during medical training, resulting in suboptimal medical care for those at risk. However, the research also found that a Chief Resident Immersion Training program in addiction medicine is an effective (2008-10-24)

The aftermath of Katrina through the eyes of addiction treatment
Ten years post-Hurricane Katrina, experts have reflected on the aftermath through the eyes of addiction treatment professionals to become better prepared for future tragedies. (2017-09-27)

TSRI and NIH scientists show molecule in brain may drive cocaine addiction
A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, suggests that increased levels of a molecule in the brain, called hypocretin, may contribute to cocaine addiction. The research shows that blocking hypocretin may reduce compulsive drug-seeking behavior in rat models of cocaine addiction. (2016-08-10)

Learning addiction: Dopamine reinforces drug-associated memories
New research with mice has provided some fascinating insight into how addictive drugs hijack reward signals and influence neural processes associated with learning and memory. The research, published by Cell Press in the Sept. 10 issue of the journal Neuron, helps to explain why and how drug-associated memories, such as the place of drug use, drive and perpetuate the addiction. (2009-09-09)

Drug addiction treatment sees drop in success rate
The proportion of drug users who completed treatment for drug addiction decreased between 1998 and 2002, although the overall number of drug users who entered treatment increased. A British study of the outcome of treatment for drug addiction, published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health, also reveals that drug users were more likely to drop out of treatment if they had been coerced into it by the criminal justice system. (2006-08-10)

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