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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

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

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

Drug and Alcohol Problems Linked to Increased Veteran Suicide Risk, Especially in Women

Mar. 16, 2017 — Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds. And women veterans with substance use disorders have an even higher ... read more

Treating Cocaine Addiction by Reducing Our Appetite for Drugs?

Mar. 16, 2017 — The hypocretin/orexin (HCRT) system of the brain is best known for promoting wakefulness and appetite. A new article suggests that blocking hypocretin signaling via the HCRT-1 receptor (HCRT-R1) ... read more

Opioid Epidemic Linked to Childhood Emotional Abuse, Study Shows

Mar. 14, 2017 — A link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse has been discovered by researchers, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid ... read more

Depression, Alcohol, and Marijuana Linked to Later Use of Synthetic Marijuana Among Teens

Mar. 13, 2017 — In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs -- the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana -- researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, ... read more

Cannabis Use in People With Epilepsy Revealed: Australian Survey

Mar. 9, 2017 — The first Australian nationwide survey on the experiences and opinions of medicinal cannabis use in people with epilepsy has revealed that 14 per cent of people with epilepsy have used cannabis ... read more

Consumption of Alcohol and Marijuana Associated With Lower GPA in College

Mar. 8, 2017 — College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a new ... read more

Aggression Disorder Linked to Greater Risk of Substance Abuse

Feb. 28, 2017 — People with intermittent explosive disorder (IED) -- a condition marked by frequent physical or verbal outbursts -- are at five times greater risk for abusing substances such as alcohol, tobacco and ... read more

From Heroin Addiction to Alcohol-Related Problems

Feb. 28, 2017 — Methadone programs and long-term therapy using other opioids evidently work. People addicted to heroin consume less heroin, cocaine and even alcohol at the beginning of the treatment. As a long-term ... read more

Given the Choice, Patients Will Reach for Cannabis Over Prescribed Opioids

Feb. 27, 2017 — Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new ... read more

Sons of Cocaine-Using Fathers Have Profound Memory Impairments

Feb. 23, 2017 — Fathers who use cocaine at the time of conceiving a child may be putting their sons at risk of learning disabilities and memory loss. The researchers say the findings reveal that drug abuse by ... read more

Studies Show That the Cerebellum Is Crucial to Understanding Vulnerability to Drug Addiction

Feb. 23, 2017 — The cerebellum, contrary to what was thought, fulfils functions that go beyond the motor sphere and can be co-responsible for the brain alterations associated with addictive consumption of drugs, ... read more

Lollipop or Edible?

Feb. 22, 2017 — Pot brownies may be a thing of the past as there are new edible marijuana products, or edibles, on the market, including chocolates, candies, and cookies. These products are legally sold in Colorado ... read more

Cocaine Addiction Leads to Build-Up of Iron in Brain

Feb. 21, 2017 — Cocaine addiction may affect how the body processes iron, leading to a build-up of the mineral in the brain, according to new research. The study raises hopes that there may be a biomarker -- a ... 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

Adolescents With Weak Working Memory and Progressive Drug Use at Risk for Later Addictions

Feb. 16, 2017 — Drug use in adolescence is often linked to later substance-abuse problems, but a new study suggests that a key risk factor is a combination of weak working memory and difficulties with impulse ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have determined how a specific protein regulates the brain's response to cocaine. Their findings provide fresh insights into the neurobiology of addiction, and could lead to the ... read more

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