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August 4, 2015

Aug. 4, 2015 — Scientists have made a discovery that brings them closer to a new therapy based on selectively erasing dangerous and tenacious drug-associated memories. A new study demonstrates the effectiveness of ... read more

Teens With Medical Marijuana Cards Much Likelier to Say They're Addicted, but Few Teens Have Them

July 23, 2015 — Teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally, a new study shows. The study is the first to report on a ... read more

July 10, 2015 — People who misuse prescription pain relievers all have one thing in common, researchers have discovered: a history of recent illicit drug use. Researchers also determined that adults aged 50 and ... read more

Prenatal Cocaine Exposure Linked to Adolescents Engaging in Sex by Age 15

July 9, 2015 — Since 1994, researchers have studied mothers -- some who used cocaine while pregnant and others who did not -- to understand how the drug affected their children's cognitive and social ... read more

Marijuana Users Substitute Alcohol at 21

July 7, 2015 — A recent study looked at marijuana and alcohol use in people between the ages of 18 and 24. It's probably not surprising that the results show a drastic increase in alcohol consumption in people ... read more

Gym Steroid Use Has Impact on Memory

July 7, 2015 — People using anabolic steroids to improve muscle growth and sporting performance are far more likely to experience issues with their memory, according to new ... read more

Adolescents Who View Medical Marijuana Ads More Likely to Use the Drug, Study Finds

July 6, 2015 — A new study raises questions about whether there is a need to revise prevention programming for youth as the availability, visibility and legal status of marijuana changes. The report found that ... read more

End Pharmacists' Monopoly on Selling Certain Drugs, Argues British Expert

July 1, 2015 — Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in a new ... read more

Support for Overdose-Reversing Drug Low, but Can Be Bolstered With Right Messages

July 1, 2015 — While most Americans do not support policies designed to increase distribution of naloxone -- a medication that reverses the effects of a drug overdose -- certain types of educational messages about ... read more

One in Four People Prescribed Opioids Progressed to Longer-Term Prescriptions

July 1, 2015 — Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, researchers studied how many patients prescribed an ... read more

What Effect Does Marijuana Really Have on Weight Gain? It's Complicated

June 30, 2015 — While cannabis alters the functions of neurobiological circuits controlling appetite, its effect on weight gain is complex since several factors appear to be involved. The main finding of the study ... read more

Getting High in Senior Year: Researchers Examine Whether Reasons for Smoking Pot Are Associated

June 29, 2015 — A new study examines how reasons for illicit marijuana use relates to the use of other drugs individually, rather than grouping them into a single “illicit drug” ... read more

Needle Exchanges Can Prevent More HIV Outbreaks Like One in Indiana

June 24, 2015 — Congress needs to immediately lift the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs to counter the threat of HIV outbreaks among injection drug users like the one that has seen an alarming ... read more

What's the Impact of Marijuana on Driving?

June 23, 2015 — Drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who use either substance independently, a new study has found. However, the cocktail of alcohol and ... read more

Many Doctors Misunderstand Key Facets of Opioid Abuse, Study Shows

June 23, 2015 — Many primary care physicians -- the top prescribers of prescription pain pills in the United States -- don't understand basic facts about how people may abuse the drugs or how addictive ... read more

Mixed Findings Regarding Quality of Evidence Supporting Benefit of Medical Marijuana

June 23, 2015 — In an analysis of the findings of nearly 80 randomized trials that included about 6,500 participants, there was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids (chemical compounds that ... read more

Adolescents Uncertain About Risks of Marijuana, E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

June 23, 2015 — Teenagers are very familiar with the risks of smoking cigarettes, but are much less sure whether marijuana or e-cigarettes are harmful, according to a new study. The researchers compared teens' ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Researchers have successfully stopped cocaine and alcohol addiction in experiments using a drug already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat high blood ... read more

More Evidence for Possible Link Between Cocaine Use and HIV Infection

June 19, 2015 — New research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with ... read more

Brain Receptor Found to Significantly Affect Cocaine Addiction

June 18, 2015 — By manipulating the activity of Activin receptors in the brain, researchers report that they were able to increase or decrease cocaine-taking and relapse behavior in animal models. The study focused ... read more

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