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April 24, 2017

'Alarmingly High' Risk of Death for People With Opioid Use Disorder in General Medical Care

Apr. 24, 2017 — Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a new ... read more

Volunteering Might Prevent Substance Abuse for Female Student-Athletes

Apr. 20, 2017 — As substance abuse continues to be a health concern in colleges and universities across the US, a social scientist has found that female student-athletes who volunteer in their communities and engage ... read more

For Young Adults, Cigarettes More Pleasurable With Alcohol Than With Pot

Apr. 18, 2017 — Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new American ... read more

Experimental Small Molecule Shows Potential in Preventing Meth Relapse

Mar. 31, 2017 — The reason methamphetamine users find it so hard to quit -- 88 percent of them relapse, even after rehab -- is that meth takes advantage of the brain's natural learning process, say ... read more

Hair Testing Shows High Prevalence of New Psychoactive Substance Use

Mar. 31, 2017 — Hair samples from 80 young adults outside of NYC nightclubs and dance festivals were tested for 82 drugs and metabolites in a new study using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass ... read more

Risky Alcohol Consumption Can Increase at Time of Retirement

Mar. 31, 2017 — Every tenth employee increases their alcohol consumption to risky levels at the time of retirement from full-time employment. However, the increase seems to be temporary as risky drinking often ... read more

Natural Chemical Helps Brain Adapt to Stress

Mar. 29, 2017 — A natural signaling molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain plays a critical role in stress-resilience -- the ability to adapt to repeated and acute exposures to traumatic ... read more

More Access to Opioid Treatment Programs Needed in Southeast, Says Study

Mar. 29, 2017 — Large portions of the Southeast don’t have enough opioid treatment programs to match their high rates of opioid use disorder, suggests a new ... read more

Alcohol Use in Veterans With Schizophrenia Less Common Than Thought; No Level Safe

Mar. 28, 2017 — US veterans who are being treated for schizophrenia are much less likely to drink any alcohol than the general population. But when they do misuse alcohol, it leads to worsening of their ... read more

Early Use of Marijuana Can Increase Its Negative Health Impacts

Mar. 28, 2017 — The need for age guidelines for marijuana use is the focus of a new study. The findings show that young users report the most impact to their physical and mental ... read more

Researchers Warn of Hazards of Smoking and Need for Wider Use of Varenicline to Quit

Mar. 27, 2017 — More than 35 million Americans are trying to quit smoking. Researchers reassure clinicians and their patients that varenicline, whose brand name is Chantix, is a safe and effective way to achieve ... read more

Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol More Likely to Have Academic Difficulties

Mar. 24, 2017 — Despite greater awareness of the dangers of prenatal exposure to alcohol, the rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders remain alarmingly high. This study evaluated academic achievement among ... read more

Prescription Weight-Loss Medication Helps With Opiate Addiction Recovery, Study Confirms

Mar. 24, 2017 — A prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone, new research confirms. The researchers found that the drug, lorcaserin, reduced the use and craving for the opioid ... read more

Most Remaining Smokers in US Have Low Socioeconomic Status

Mar. 24, 2017 — After decades of declining US smoking rates overall, most remaining smokers have low income, no college education, no health insurance or a disability. About 15 percent of US adults -- more than 36 ... read more

Pharmacies Should Proactively Offer Naloxone to All Patients Who Meet Evidence-Based Criteria

Mar. 23, 2017 — Pharmacies should proactively offer naloxone, a drug that blocks or reverses the effects of overdose, to patients taking opioid medications through universal opt-out strategies in an effort to get ... read more

Consumption of 'Cannibal Drug' in Adolescence Has Prejudicial Effects on Adulthood

Mar. 22, 2017 — Consumption of the synthetic drug MDPV – a powerful psychostimulant known as ‘cannibal drug’- in adolescence, can increase vulnerability of cocaine addiction during adulthood, according to a ... read more

Transgender College Freshmen Drink More, Experience More Blackouts, Study Shows

Mar. 22, 2017 — A survey of more than 422,000 college freshmen found that students who identified as transgender were more likely than their cisgender peers to experience negative consequences from drinking, ... read more

Tanning Dependence Linked to Other Addictive Behaviors, New Study Finds

Mar. 21, 2017 — Despite the known dangers of exposure to ultraviolet light, many people continue to sunbathe and use indoor tanning beds with some users exhibiting a dependence to tanning. A new study finds that ... read more

Research Reveals How Family History Can Affect Your Memory of Hangovers

Mar. 20, 2017 — People with a family history of alcoholism are already known to be at a greater risk of developing a drinking problem, but new research has found they are also more likely to hold onto the painful ... read more

Link Between Drug Use and Poor Dental Health Confirmed

Mar. 16, 2017 — A new review has found that dental patients with substance use disorders have more tooth decay and periodontal disease than the general population, but are less likely to receive dental care. With ... read more

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