Happy New Year!

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Three girls celebrating a happy new year

Since we’re at the end of December, it’s almost time for New Year’s Resolutions. Most of those are really hard to keep, right? (like commitments to exercise more or get straight A’s). Well, SBB is prepared to make a New Year’s resolution of another kind: to stay on top of the latest news and information about drug abuse and addiction and share it with all of you. After a great start in 2009, with more than 59 blog posts and nearly 40,000 unique visitors to the site, you probably know by now that you can trust this blog for scientific and accurate information about drugs and related topics.

What can we expect from NIDA scientists in the year 2010? Here are just a few of the questions researchers will be working on in the coming year:

  • How can we best use the Internet to help people with drug problems?
  • Can we really get a vaccine for people addicted to cigarettes, or to illegal drugs like cocaine, to help them quit and prevent them from starting up again?
  • How does smoking affect bone health in teen girls?
  • What is the best way to help people addicted to prescription drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin?
  • How can we develop pain medications that are as strong as Vicodin but will not get you addicted?
  • How can we use the part of marijuana that might work as a medicine and give it to people in a safe way?

So 2010 should be an exciting year! And SBB “resolves” to be right here to tell you about it. Happy New Year everyone—What’s 2010 look like for all of you?

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