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February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Growing Number of Teens Think Getting Heroin Is 'Probably Impossible'

Feb. 21, 2017 — How easy do adolescents think it is to get heroin? A researcher examines how their perceptions have changed from 2002 to ... read more

Variability in Local Costs of Substance Abuse Across California

Feb. 17, 2017 — The average news consumer might be surprised to learn that the economic costs of alcohol abuse far exceed those related to illegal drug use. In California, alcohol abuse cost $129 billion in 2010, ... read more

'Hair of the Dog' Won’t Cure That Hangover

Feb. 14, 2017 — The notion that having a drink can cure a hangover has been around since the 16th century. That doesn't mean it's ... read more

Nicotine Changes How Nicotinic Receptors Are Grouped on Brain Cells

Feb. 13, 2017 — Nicotine the primary compound found within tobacco smoke is known to change the grouping of some subtypes of nicotinic receptors, but the mechanisms for nicotine addiction remain ... read more

Surprising Link Between Athletics and Addiction

Feb. 13, 2017 — While investigating the idealized benefits between sport and addiction, researchers found that the prevalence of substance abuse in some sports communities, in fact, creates a greater risk of ... read more

Strong Alcohol Policies Protect Against Drunk Driving Deaths Among Young People

Feb. 13, 2017 — Stronger alcohol policies protect young people from dying in crashes caused by drunk driving according to researchers. The study supports the importance of comprehensive alcohol control policies to ... read more

Depression Linked to E-Cigarette Use Among College Students

Feb. 13, 2017 — The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. A new study has found a ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — In a new study, researchers have described how two important molecules in the brain work together to trigger intense ... read more

Commercial Weight-Loss Drug Could Help Treat Opioid Addiction

Feb. 8, 2017 — Scientists are working to come up with new therapies to curb America's opioid epidemic and aid hospitals, doctors and public health officials in this fight. Now one team reports that the ... read more

How Can Marijuana Policy Protect the Adolescent Brain?

Feb. 8, 2017 — As more states begin to legalize the use of marijuana, more young people may believe that it's safe to experiment with the drug. However, those under 25 are more vulnerable to the effects of ... read more

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol May Increase Likelihood of Dangerous Respiratory Complication

Feb. 7, 2017 — Taking one oxycodone tablet together with even a modest amount of alcohol increases the risk of a potentially life-threatening side effect known as respiratory depression, which causes breathing to ... read more

Rewards Treat Alcohol Abuse in Those With Mental Illness

Feb. 7, 2017 — Offering prizes- - from simple shampoo to DVD players -- can be an effective, low-cost treatment for alcohol abuse, the nation's third leading preventable cause of death, suggests a new ... read more

Pain During Alcohol Withdrawal: Electroacupuncture May Help

Feb. 7, 2017 — Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and ... read more

E-Cigarettes Safer Than Smoking Says Long-Term Study

Feb. 7, 2017 — E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to new ... read more

One in Four Teen E-Cigarette Users Have Tried 'Dripping'

Feb. 6, 2017 — One in four high schoolers who use electronic cigarettes are inhaling vapors produced by dripping e-liquids directly onto heating coils, instead of inhaling from the e-cigarette mouthpiece, possibly ... read more

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs Among Young People: A Growing Global Concern

Feb. 3, 2017 — Balancing a country's need to make prescription drugs available to those in need while simultaneously curbing nonmedical use is one of our greatest challenges. A new article shows increased ... read more

Neurobiologist Illuminates the Underexplored Potential of Cannabis to Address Opioid Addiction

Feb. 2, 2017 — Cannabinoids, extracts of cannabis legally sold as medical marijuana, could reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users, a number of animal studies and a small human pilot study have ... read more

So-Called 'Synthetic Marijuana' Linked to Serious Health Problems

Feb. 2, 2017 — Synthetic marijuana compounds are marketed as safe, legal alternatives to marijuana that cannot be detected by standard drug testing, but these substances differ chemically from marijuana; are linked ... read more

Study Affirms That Cocaine Makes Users More Likely to Risk Unsafe Sex

Feb. 2, 2017 — Cocaine use has long been tied anecdotally to higher-than-usual rates of impulsive behavior, including risky sex, but the tie-in has been difficult to study with any scientifically controlled ... read more

Addicted Individuals Less Responsive to Reward-Anticipation

Feb. 2, 2017 — It may be difficult for addicted individuals to learn when they can expect a reward. This learning problem could perhaps explain why they are more prone to addiction and find it difficult to kick the ... read more

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