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April 26, 2015

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April 26, 2015

Underage Drinkers Most Influenced by Alcohol Marketing More Likely to Report Dangerous Drinking Behaviors

Apr. 20, 2015 — Underage youth who cite alcohol marketing and the influence of adults, movies or other media as the main reasons for choosing to consume a specific brand of alcohol are more likely to drink more and ... read more

Local Physician Recommends World Health Organization Retire the Term Opioid Substitution Therapy

Apr. 16, 2015 — A researcher and physician caring for individuals with substance abuse disorders, believes the term opioid substitution therapy has unintended adverse consequences for patients receiving treatment ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — A licensed clinical psychologist is focusing on the ADHD-autism link to better understand why people with ADHD and autism may be more prone to substance abuse and, in the process, to develop more ... read more

Many Teens Try E-Cigs, but Few Become Regular Users

Apr. 15, 2015 — E-cigarettes are popular with teens, including those who have never smoked, but few of those who try them become regular users, while most of those who do so are also smokers, finds research. ... read more

Oxycodone Overdose Deaths Drop 25 Percent After Launch of Prescgram

Apr. 15, 2015 — Oxycodone-related deaths dropped 25 percent after Florida implemented its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in late 2011 as part of its response to the state's prescription drug abuse ... read more

Opioid Relapse Rates Fall After Jail Release, According to Pilot Study

Apr. 14, 2015 — It has been called a pioneering strategy for treating opioid addiction, and has already been adopted in a small yet growing number of jails and prisons in the United States. Now, a clinical trial ... read more

Benefits of Heroin Treatment for Drug Users

Apr. 14, 2015 — Drug users who do not benefit from conventional treatments for heroin addiction should be able to access the drug through the health system, urges a Canadian expert. Illicit heroin is a dangerous ... read more

Simultaneous Drinking, Smoking Marijuana Increases Odds of Drunk Driving, Other

Apr. 14, 2015 — Marijuana is becoming increasingly permitted in the US for medical and recreational use. A new study look at the relationship between alcohol and simultaneous versus concurrent marijuana use. ... read more

Socially Anxious Youth in Treatment Can Enhance Recovery Through Simple Service Tasks

Apr. 14, 2015 — Often alcoholics and addicts mention a fear of not fitting in, and using alcohol/drugs to alleviate anxiety. A new study looks at youth in treatment who have social anxiety disorder. Almost half of ... read more

Alcohol May Elevate the Expression of Two Enzymes Called CYP2E1, CYP2U1

Apr. 14, 2015 — The prefrontal cortex and amygdala are brain regions that not only referee cognitive functions and emotional states, but also contribute to the reinforcing effects of alcohol and tobacco. Little is ... read more

Paternal Alcohol Problems, Death from Liver Disease, Signal Offspring Risk for Cirrhosis

Apr. 14, 2015 — While heavy drinking is known to lead to liver cirrhosis, not all heavy drinkers develop the disease. Variation in susceptibility may go beyond quantity of alcohol to also involve genetics, gender, ... read more

Nicotine Use Increases Compulsive Alcohol Consumption, Study Finds

Apr. 14, 2015 — In rat models, nicotine exposure actually promotes alcohol dependence, researchers report. "It's a vicious cycle," said a biologist and a senior author of the new study. "Nicotine ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Disparities Seen in Smoking Rates, Related Illnesses

Apr. 14, 2015 — April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most significant health issues minorities face is disproportionate rates of smoking and health-related illnesses, experts ... read more

E-Cigarette Use Is Not Risk-Free

Apr. 14, 2015 — E-cigarettes are not without health risks for people who vape or for bystanders, researchers report. The report has only considered e-cigarettes with nicotine since there has been very little ... read more

Major Occupational Health Groups Publish Guidance for Employers on the Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace

Apr. 13, 2015 — Experts have published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce as attitudes toward marijuana and laws restricting it continue ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — At the cellular level, pain and pain relief are caused by two different signaling pathways. But the two pathways aren't necessarily independent of one another, according to a study. The ... read more

Medical Marijuana Liquid Extract May Bring Hope for Children With Severe Epilepsy

Apr. 13, 2015 — A medicinal liquid form of marijuana may show promise as a treatment for children with severe epilepsy that is not responding to other treatments, according to a new ... read more

Babies Exposed to Narcotic Pain Relievers More Likely to Experience Withdrawal

Apr. 13, 2015 — Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a drug withdrawal syndrome in infants following birth, has historically been associated with illicit drug use among pregnant women. But a study shows that pregnant ... read more

Pain Management Study Reveals Patient Confusion About Opioid Addiction

Apr. 13, 2015 — Emergency department patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to a new study. The study found that patients seen ... read more

Identifying Teens at Risk for Hashish Use

Apr. 13, 2015 — One in ten high school seniors has used hashish, a highly potent form of marijuana. Teens self-described as "hooked" on pot were twice as likely to use ... read more

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