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Volume 12, Issue3March 1999

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    Behavioral research in drug abuse treatment is moving into what promises to be an exciting new era. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is creating a clinical trials network that will combine science, practice, and community-based programs in a wide-scale, long-standing infrastructure for developing and testing science-based approaches to treating drug abuse and addiction. The network will consist of regional "nodes," which have been likened in structure to snowflakes. That's especially significant because like snowflakes, no two will be completely alike.