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July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016

Mixing Cannabis With Tobacco Increases Dependence Risk, Suggests Study

July 5, 2016 — People who mix tobacco with cannabis are less motivated to seek help to ... read more

Rates of Nonmedical Prescription Opioid Use, Opioid Use Disorder Double in 10 Years

June 22, 2016 — Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, based on a new American ... read more

Childhood Abuse, Chronic Parental Domestic Violence Linked to Later Addictions

June 22, 2016 — Adults who have drug or alcohol dependency have experienced very high rates of early adversities, according to a new study. One in five drug dependent Canadian adults and one in six alcohol dependent ... read more

Professor Helps Track Illegal Drug Use Via Social Media

June 17, 2016 — A professor has developed a tool that leverages social media data to help analyze use patterns of illegal drugs by young adults across the ... read more

Carrots and Sticks Fail to Change Behavior in Cocaine Addiction

June 16, 2016 — People who are addicted to cocaine are particularly prone to developing habits that render their behavior resistant to change, regardless of the potentially devastating consequences, suggests new ... read more

Adolescent Alcohol, Marijuana Use Leads to Poor Academic Performance, Health Problems

June 14, 2016 — Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol during middle school and high school are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school, according to a new study ... read more

Rolling on Molly: US High School Seniors Underreport Ecstasy Use When Not Asked About Molly

June 13, 2016 — A new study compared self-reported ecstasy/MDMA use with and without 'Molly' in the definition. Researchers found that reported lifetime use (8.0 percent vs. 5.5 percent) was significantly ... read more

Addiction as a Disorder of Reward Learning: New Role for Glial Energy Metabolism in Addiction

June 9, 2016 — Addiction may be viewed as a disorder of reward learning. To date, addiction research has focused on the molecular adaptations through which memories of exposure to abused substances are encoded and ... read more

Trauma in Childhood Linked to Drug Use in Adolescence

June 8, 2016 — Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 US adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of experimentation ... read more

Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs, Fast Food

June 7, 2016 — Rice anyone? How about a bowl of ramen noodles? Researchers have found that some Asian-Americans are more likely to hunger for carbohydrates and unhealthy foods than other Asian-Americans -- and the ... read more

Anabolic Steroid Abuse May Increase Risk of Abnormal Heart Rhythm and Stroke

June 6, 2016 — Research has already shown that taking anabolic steroids is associated with high blood pressure and an increased risk of developing heart conditions such as left ventricular hypertrophy. Now research ... read more

Hunting for the Brain's Opioid Addiction Switch

May 31, 2016 — New research is contributing to a better understanding of the ways opiate-class drugs modify brain circuits to drive the addiction cycle. The identification of these opiate-induced changes offers the ... read more

International Law Allows for the Legalization of Cannabis

May 30, 2016 — The regulated cultivation and trade of cannabis for recreational use is permissible on the basis of states’ positive human rights obligations. Pleas for the regulated cultivation and trade of ... read more

Pharmacist Prescribes Education as Key to Curbing Opioid Abuse

May 27, 2016 — Technologies that make it harder for people to abuse opioids -- like doctoring pills so that they produce unpleasant side effects if broken, crushed or injected --- likely will have limited ... read more

May 24, 2016 — A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are ... read more

May 19, 2016 — A type of brain cell known as microglia plays a key role in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain, according to a new major study. The discovery establishes for the first time that microglia ... read more

Canada's Plans to Legalize Marijuana Contravene UN's International Conventions, Say Experts

May 16, 2016 — The Canadian government's plan to legalize marijuana contravenes its current legal obligations to the United Nation's international drug-control conventions, states a new expert ... read more

Marijuana Use in Pregnancy Is Major Risk for Pre-Term Birth

May 12, 2016 — For the first time, science has shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth. The results show that once all other major risk factors have been accounted ... read more

May 10, 2016 — Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research. New research also shows that legal limits for ... read more

Many Patients Abusing Drugs, Alcohol Are Self-Medicating Chronic Pain

May 9, 2016 — With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to ... read more

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