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November 24, 2015

New Options for Treating Autism

Nov. 18, 2015 — The operating mechanism of oxytocin, the molecule involved in social behavior, has been researched by a team of European scientists. The results obtained in the research suggest that one of the ... read more

Researchers Find New Risk Posed by Opioid Pain Medication

Nov. 17, 2015 — Patients with no recent history of taking opioid pain medication had a 25 percent higher risk of chronically using the drugs if they received them when discharged from the hospital, according to ... read more

What Leads to the Local Adoption and Implementation of Recreational Marijuana Policies?

Nov. 17, 2015 — When states move to legalize marijuana, local governments are faced with enacting -- or in some cases restricting -- the policy change in their jurisdictions. Using Colorado as a case study, a new ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Nov. 9, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Conducting an economic analysis of drug use is a particularly difficult endeavor, but for one researcher, it just meant taking a look at the history ... read more

Warning Over Online Access to Sleeping Tablets

Nov. 5, 2015 — The prescription only sleeping tablet zopiclone, that can become addictive if used for more than a few weeks, is easily available online, warn ... read more

New Enzyme Therapy Shows Proof of Concept as Treatment for Cocaine Overdose

Oct. 29, 2015 — A long-acting enzyme that rapidly and safely metabolizes cocaine in the blood stream is currently being investigated in animal models as a possible treatment for cocaine ... read more

More Than 25 Percent of Women Giving Birth Who Test Positive for Marijuana Also Using Other Drugs

Oct. 23, 2015 — As an increasing number of states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use, health officials expect consumption of tetrahydrocanabis during pregnancy to increase. A new study suggests a ... read more

Heavy Drinkers, Drugs Users Underestimate Their Levels of Consumption Compared to Others'

Oct. 19, 2015 — Heavy drinkers and users of illegal drugs downplay their relative levels of consumption, when comparing themselves to others, reveals research. The research shows that 68 per cent of respondents were ... read more

College Students Say Prescription Stimulants Easy to Find on Campus

Oct. 16, 2015 — Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a new survey conducted on eight US ... read more

Brief Interventions in Primary Care Clinics Could Curb Patients' Drug Use

Oct. 16, 2015 — A few minutes of counseling in a primary care setting could be an effective tool in steering people away from risky drug use, and possibly full-fledged addiction, a new report suggests. The ... read more

Many Use Prescription Painkillers, Most See Abuse as Major Health Concern

Oct. 7, 2015 — More than one in four Americans has taken prescription painkillers in the past year, even as a majority say that abuse of these medications is a very serious public health concern, according to new ... read more

Risk Profiling Is Key to Managing Pain in Era of Opioid Abuse

Oct. 5, 2015 — Patients undergoing rehabilitation for physical injuries and their physicians can better understand who is most at risk of abusing opioids by reviewing their family history, lifestyle and environment ... read more

Primary Care-Based Addiction Treatment Lowers Substance Dependence in People With HIV

Sep. 29, 2015 — A program that integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence and encourage their engagement in ... read more

Multicenter Study Examines Safety of Medical Cannabis in Treatment of Chronic Pain

Sep. 29, 2015 — A Canadian research team has completed a national multicenter study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. They found that patients with chronic ... read more

Should I Stay or Should I Go? On the Importance of Aversive Memories and the Endogenous Cannabinoid

Sep. 25, 2015 — Memory is not a simple box of souvenirs; it is also, and most importantly, a safety system for organisms. With the help of negative memories, known as "aversive" memories, we can avoid a ... read more

Around the World, Those Treated for Addiction Far More Likely to Smoke

Sep. 22, 2015 — A review of studies from 20 countries indicates that tobacco use is not addressed in substance abuse treatment programs. The results agree with an earlier review that found that the median smoking ... read more

Adolescent Painkiller Abuse a Big Problem for Small Towns, Rural Areas

Sep. 17, 2015 — Adolescents who live in rural areas and small towns and cities are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than adolescents who live in large urban areas, according to ... read more

Crime Ties Are Relative in Youth Offenders' Substance Abuse

Sep. 16, 2015 — Having family or friends involved in crime was the best predictor of whether a youth offender would become a long-term marijuana user or heavy drinker, a new study has ... read more

Do American Adolescents Approve of Marijuana?

Sep. 16, 2015 — Groundbreaking research suggests that adolescents have become less likely to approve of and use marijuana over the last decade when compared to young adults. This is coming during a time where a ... read more

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