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May 26, 2017

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May 26, 2017

Safe Space for Illegal Drug Consumption in Baltimore Would Save $6 Million a Year

May 25, 2017 — $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single 'safe consumption' space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore, a new cost-benefit analysis ... read more

Street Gangs, Crime Serve as Deviant Leisure Activities for Youths

May 23, 2017 — Street gang membership, criminal activities provide deviant leisure activities for at-risk youths, suggests a new ... read more

Pain Linked to Non-Medical Prescription Opioid Use in Young Adults

May 17, 2017 — Physical pain -- often "self-medicated" without help from healthcare professionals -- is an important contributor to non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) use by young ... read more

How to Accurately Assess Use of New Psychoactive Drugs Such as 'Bath Salts'

May 16, 2017 — Researchers surveyed individuals entering NYC EDM parties about their drug usage, with almost one out of ten participants who reported no 'bath salt' use as per the gate question then ... read more

Nonprescription Use of Ritalin Linked to Adverse Side Effects, Study Finds

May 15, 2017 — New research has explored the potential side effects of the stimulant drug Ritalin on those without ADHD showed changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and ... read more

Trying New Marijuana Products and Edibles Is Associated With Unexpected Highs

May 15, 2017 — Unexpected highs are a consequence of using new marijuana products and edibles, products that have flooded the marijuana market since legalization of recreational marijuana ... read more

Where You Live May Impact How Much You Drink

May 15, 2017 — Neighborhoods with greater poverty and disorganization may play a greater role in problem drinking than the availability of bars and stores that sell hard liquor, a new study has ... read more

The Blink of an Eye May Predict Risk for Alcohol Problems

May 11, 2017 — The startle response, often recorded as an eye-blink reflex, is a defensive measure believed to reflect emotional processing. Patients with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) show abnormal startle-reflex ... read more

Combining Heroin, Commonly Prescribed Non-Opioid Pain Killers Leads to a Significant Rise in Overdose Deaths

May 11, 2017 — The recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin, used widely for a range of neurological disorders is closely correlated with a rise in the number of ... read more

Who in Europe Drinks the Most? The Rich

May 11, 2017 — For the first time, researchers have found a way to compare how much alcohol Europeans drink. And Britain, Ireland and Portugal top the ... read more

May 8, 2017 — A new study found that kids who are bullied in fifth grade are more likely to suffer from depression in seventh grade; and have a greater likelihood of using alcohol, marijuana or tobacco in tenth ... read more

How One Drug Could Affect Pain, Memory and Nicotine Addiction

May 5, 2017 — Researchers are working to develop drugs to enhance the function of these receptors in the brain, which could have three very different applications: easing pain, slowing the cognitive decline ... read more

Alternative Treatment Approach for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome May Shorten Hospital Stay

May 4, 2017 — New research suggests a revamped, 'common sense' approach to treating newborns suffering opioid withdrawal -- gauging whether the baby can eat, sleep and be consoled within 10 minutes ... read more

Alcohol Marketing in Popular Movies Doubles in Past Two Decades

May 4, 2017 — Alcohol brand placements in popular movies of all ratings nearly doubled during the past two decades, new research shows, but particularly in child-rated movies. Researchers found the alcohol brands ... read more

ER Visits Related to Marijuana Use at a Colorado Hospital Quadruple After Legalization

May 4, 2017 — Visits by teens to a Colorado children's hospital emergency department and its satellite urgent care centers increased rapidly after legalization of marijuana for commercialized medical and ... read more

Neuroscientists Seek Brain Basis of Craving in Addiction and Binge Eating

May 3, 2017 — A new article details the first step in revealing how craving works in the brain. Scientists have now proposed a quantitative model for drug addiction research. The model focuses on craving: the ... read more

Social Smoking Carries Same Heart-Disease Risks as Everyday Habit

May 3, 2017 — Social smokers’ risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is identical to those who light up every day, new research has ... read more

National Mental-Health Survey Finds Widespread Ignorance, Stigma

Apr. 27, 2017 — Less than half of Americans can recognize anxiety. Most people don't know what to do about depression even when they spot it. And nearly 8 in 10 don't recognize prescription drug abuse as a ... read more

Apr. 27, 2017 — Pairing the antidepressant amitriptyline with drugs designed to treat central nervous system diseases, enhances drug delivery to the brain by inhibiting the blood-brain barrier in rats, new research ... read more

New Evidence Finds Standardized Cigarette Packaging May Reduce the Number of People Who Smoke

Apr. 27, 2017 — Standardized tobacco packaging may lead to a reduction in smoking prevalence and reduces the appeal of tobacco, new research ... read more

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