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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

What's the Impact of New Marijuana Laws? The Data So Far

Feb. 3, 2016 — How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related ... read more

Marijuana Survey Finds Medical Users More Likely to Consume Edibles and Vaporize

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new study provides some of the first evidence about patterns of marijuana use in states that have legalized medical marijuana. It finds that medical marijuana users are more likely to vaporize or ... read more

New Policies, Educational Programs Help, but Don't Solve, Problems With Opioid Abuse

Jan. 26, 2016 — Medical provider training, new clinic policies and efforts to 'taper' opioid use for pain treatment could significantly reduce the level of opioid medication that patients used -- a limited ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Doctors have no approved medicine to help treat marijuana dependence and abuse, but in small new clinical trial, topiramate reduced the amount of cannabis heavy smokers used when they lit up. The ... read more

Concerns Over Prescribed Opioid Use Among Pregnant Women

Jan. 12, 2016 — The increase in use of prescribed opioids among women during pregnancy has probably contributed to the rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome, argues an expert. In the US, estimates suggest that 14-22% ... read more

Cocaine Addiction: Scientists Discover 'Back Door' Into the Brain

Jan. 12, 2016 — Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown 'back door' into the brain, circumventing their self-control, suggests a ... read more

Cannabis-Based Drug Reduces Seizures in Children With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

Jan. 5, 2016 — Children and young adults with severe forms of epilepsy that does not respond to standard antiepileptic drugs have fewer seizures when treated with purified cannabinoid, according to a multi-center ... read more

No Easy Answers in Study of Legal Marijuana's Impact on Alcohol Use

Dec. 29, 2015 — Does legalization of marijuana lead pot users to drink more, or are they likely to substitute alcohol for weed? A new paper seeks to discover how changing marijuana laws affect the use of alcohol, ... read more

Study Examines Intent of Glaucoma Patients to Use Marijuana for Treatment in City Where Legal

Dec. 23, 2015 — A survey of patients with glaucoma in Washington, DC, showed that the perception of the legality and acceptability of marijuana use was significantly associated with intentions to use marijuana for ... read more

Opioid Dependency Peaks Among Younger Age Group

Dec. 23, 2015 — 14- and 15-year-olds are at a higher risk of becoming dependent on prescription drugs within a 12-month period after using them extra-medically, or beyond the prescribed amount, new research has ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — A new American survey shows decreasing use of a number of substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, prescription opioid pain relievers, and synthetic cannabinoids ('synthetic marijuana'). ... read more

Males and Under 30 at Greatest Risk of Hospital Admission for Drug Related Poisonings

Dec. 16, 2015 — Poisonings from recreational drug and alcohol use account for 9 percent of all poisoning-related hospital admissions, says a new Australian study revealing that males and people under 30 are at ... read more

Active Ingredient in Magic Mushrooms Reduces Anxiety, Depression in Cancer Patients

Dec. 10, 2015 — Psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms, decreased anxiety and depression in patients diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. New research shows that patients who received a psilocybin dose that altered ... read more

Sensation-Seeking, Reward Sensitivity and Early Cannabis Use

Dec. 10, 2015 — Sensation seeking, or the tendency to seek out exciting experiences, has been linked to addiction. Researchers have reported that sensation seeking is related to reward sensitivity in teens, and that ... read more

Researchers Identify Gene Possibly Linked With Methamphetamine Addiction

Dec. 10, 2015 — A new study sheds light on the significance of a potential genetic risk factor for drug addiction and possibly other neuropsychiatric disorders. Both genetic and environmental factors are known to ... read more

Students Report High Levels of Hazardous Drinking, Survey Finds

Dec. 9, 2015 — Canada's longest-running study of drug use among Ontario students in Grades 7-12 shows binge drinking remains high, e-cigarettes are used more often than cigarettes, and more than 25 percent of ... read more

Fighting Prescription Painkiller Abuse Among Baby Boomers

Dec. 7, 2015 — Prescription opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions, but new research has found motivational interviewing, a form of behavioral counseling, is an effective tool at curbing ... read more

Magnetic Stimulation of Brain May Help Patients With Cocaine Addiction

Nov. 30, 2015 — Targeted magnetic pulses to the brain were shown to reduce craving and substance use in cocaine-addicted patients, report scientists. The results of this pilot study suggest that this may become an ... read more

White Matter Damage Caused by 'Skunk-Like' Cannabis, Study Shows

Nov. 27, 2015 — Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new ... read more

Harmful Use of Topical Steroids in India Is out of Control, Says Expert

Nov. 25, 2015 — The widespread misuse of skin creams and lotions that contain steroids in India is harmful and out of control, argues an ... read more

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