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June 30, 2015

Legally High? Teenagers and Prescription Drug Abuse

Mar. 24, 2015 — Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. While awareness of the dangers of illegal drugs has increased, many teens are still ignorant of the significant ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — A new technique, named Wooden-tip Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (WT-ESI-MS), has been developed for rapid and reliable detection of four common drugs-of-abuse, including ketamine, ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor ... read more

Researchers See Way Cocaine Hijacks Memory

Mar. 10, 2015 — A mechanism in the brain that facilitates the pathologically powerful role of memory in drug addiction has been identified by a group of researchers. Their discovery opens a new area of research for ... read more

Powder Vs. Crack: Study Identifies Arrest Risk Disparity for Cocaine Use

Feb. 20, 2015 — Crack users are much more likely to experience arrest than powder cocaine users, and being poor is the true overwhelming correlate, not being black or a minority, a new study ... read more

How Cocaine Works in the Brain, Offers Possibility of Drug to Treat Addiction

Feb. 4, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a mechanism in the brain that is key to making cocaine seem pleasurable, a finding that could lead to a drug treatment for fighting ... read more

Cocaine Users Have Impaired Ability to Predict Loss

Feb. 3, 2015 — Cocaine addicted individuals may continue their habit despite unfavorable consequences like imprisonment or loss of relationships because their brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional ... read more

Jan. 21, 2015 — In their decades-long search for vaccines against drugs of abuse, scientists have hit upon a new approach to annul cocaine's addictive buzz. They report that their strategy, which they tested on ... read more

Immunotherapy Inhibits Heroin Effects in Research Animals

Jan. 20, 2015 — Immunotherapy could have a place in the treatment of substance abuse in the future. A specific antibody can reduce the acute effects of heroin, according to a new experimental study. This would be ... read more

Cocaine Antidote Closer Than Ever

Jan. 13, 2015 — New insight has been gained into the mechanism behind a protein dopamine transporter that could help in the development of future medical treatment against cocaine ... read more

Way to Control Internal Clocks Discovered

Dec. 23, 2014 — Researchers hypothesize that targeting components of the mammalian clock with small molecules like REV-ERB drugs may lead to new treatments for sleep disorders and anxiety disorders. It also is ... read more

Teen Contraband Smokers More Likely to Use Illicit Drugs: Study

Dec. 16, 2014 — An economics professor has discovered a link between contraband cigarette use and illicit drug use among Canadian teens. The survey assessed students' past-year use of the following drugs ... read more

Meth Users Face Substantially Higher Risk for Getting Parkinson's Disease

Dec. 16, 2014 — In addition to incurring serious dental problems, memory loss and other physical and mental issues, methamphetamine users are three times more at risk for getting Parkinson's disease than ... read more

Cocaine, Amphetamine Users More Likely to Take Their Own Lives

Dec. 16, 2014 — Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behaviour amongst people who inject drugs, say researchers. Drug addiction had ... read more

Cocaine Consumption Quadruples the Risk of Sudden Death in People Between 19 and 49

Dec. 11, 2014 — The increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine has been, for the first time, documented by researchers. In people in the 19-49 age bracket this risk is quadrupled. ... read more

Cocaine Users Experience Abnormal Blood Flow, Risk Heart Disease

Nov. 18, 2014 — Cocaine users have subtle abnormalities in blood flow through the heart's smallest blood vessels. The abnormalities can occur while the heart appears normal on imaging test, putting cocaine ... read more

Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction Identified by Study

Oct. 29, 2014 — A potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction has been identified by researchers. In their study, the investigators find evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an ... read more

Baby Cries Show Evidence of Cocaine Exposure During Pregnancy

Oct. 22, 2014 — A new study provides the first known evidence of how a similar acoustic characteristic in the cry sounds of human infants and rat pups may be used to detect the harmful effects of prenatal cocaine ... read more

Oct. 6, 2014 — It is not only prenatal drug exposure, but also conditions related to drug use that can influence negative behavior in children, according to a new study. Maternal harshness, such as threats of ... read more

Eating Is Addictive but Sugar, Fat Are Not Like Drugs, Study Says

Sep. 9, 2014 — People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, research suggests. An international team of scientists has found no ... read more

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