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Cocaine Research Update: Collection III (NIDA Notes): Article 1: Aripiprazole Prevents Rats From Resuming Cocaine Seeking; Article 2: Methadone Reduces Rats' Cocaine Seeking; Article 3: Neuropeptide Promotes Drug-Seeking and Craving in Rats

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This course is based on three NIDA Notes articles. NIDA Notes is a large collection of brief relevant articles focusing on current drug abuse treatment evidence.

Ariprazole Prevents Rats From Resuming Cocaine Seeking describes how a medication prescribed for schizophrenia and the manic phases of bipolar disorder shows promise as a cocaine addiction treatment.

Methadone Reduces Rats’ Cocaine Seeking relates how high-dose methadone undermines animals’ motivation to acquire cocaine.

Neuropeptide Promotes Drug-Seeking and Craving in Rats explains how orexin emerges as a link in the chain of brain mechanisms regulating appetite for rewards.

All three articles are contained in one PDF.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Cocaine Research Update: Collection III (NIDA Notes): Article 1: Aripiprazole Prevents Rats From Resuming Cocaine Seeking; Article 2: Methadone Reduces Rats’ Cocaine Seeking; Article 3: Neuropeptide Promotes Drug-Seeking and Craving in Rats created by Lori Whitten and NIDA Notes Staff



Publication Date:

December 2008 and October 2007

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Lori Whitten
Lori Whitten is a NIDA Notes staff writer.
NIDA Notes Staff

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about rat experimentation in regard to aripiprazole preventing them to resume cocaine seeking, how methadone reduces their cocaine seeking, and how neuropeptide promotes drug-seeking and craving. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Acknowledge that aripiprazole prevents rats from resuming cocaine seeking.
  2. Explain how methadone reduces rats' cocaine seeking.
  3. Describe how neuropeptide promotes drug-seeking and craving in rats.

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