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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

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

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

Combined Use of Alcohol, Cocaine May Play a Unique Role in Suicide Risk

Jan. 27, 2017 — Alcohol use can be found in suicide deaths and unintentional deaths due to injuries such as those from motor vehicle collisions (MVCs). The authors of a new study argue that it is important to ... read more

Delaying Marijuana Smoking to Age 17 Cuts Risks to Teens' Brains, New Study Suggests

Jan. 25, 2017 — Adolescents who smoke marijuana as early as 14 do worse by 20 points on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers. But if they hold off until age 17, they're ... read more

Decreasing Cocaine Use Leads to Regression of Coronary Artery Disease

Jan. 12, 2017 — People who use cocaine regularly are at high risk of coronary artery disease. A study now reports that stopping or reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse the process of coronary ... read more

Remembering Where to Get High

Jan. 11, 2017 — Addiction-related memories are exceptionally strong and stable, suggesting that addictive drugs remodel the brain’s circuitry in a prominent and lasting way. In the past decade, researchers have ... read more

More Older Americans Using Cannabis, Underscoring Need for Research

Jan. 11, 2017 — Cannabis use among older adults in the US is on the rise, yet there is currently a lack of biomedical, clinical, and public health research to inform policy related to this trend, according to a new ... read more

Legal or Not, Marijuana Can Increase the Risk of Developing Alcohol Use Disorders

Jan. 10, 2017 — Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) develop with time and in stages. Following the initiation of drinking, some people progress to problem drinking, and then develop a “cluster” of specific problems to ... read more

Researchers Reveal Connection Between Female Estrogen Cycle, Addictive Potential of Cocaine

Jan. 10, 2017 — A new study shows how high estrogen release during the estrus cycle increases the pleasure felt via the brain’s reward ... read more

Scrapping Excessive Neural Connection Helps Build New Connections

Jan. 10, 2017 — Neural activity that retracts excessive early innervation in a certain pathway helps make late neural connections in a different pathway, research has found. This may provide a self-organizing ... read more

Cocaine Users Make Riskier Decisions After Losing a Gamble

Jan. 10, 2017 — People addicted to cocaine make riskier decisions than healthy people after losing a potential reward, according to a study. In the study, researchers show that this heightened sensitivity to loss ... read more

Pain Relief Without the High

Jan. 4, 2017 — Researchers have set 'gold standards' for developing new painkillers based on the medicinal effects of cannabis, but without some of its side ... read more

Routine Drug Screening Should Be Part of Primary Care Settings, Study Recommends

Dec. 21, 2016 — Drug misuse is so prevalent in Tijuana and East Los Angeles that community clinics in those areas should routinely screen for it, suggest ... read more

New Research Shows Uptick in Past-Month Marijuana Use Among Women of Reproductive Age

Dec. 19, 2016 — The prevalence of past-month marijuana use among reproductive-aged women rose from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 3.9 percent in 2014, an increase of 62 percent. Past-month marijuana use was highest among ... read more

Dec. 16, 2016 — For those suffering depression or anxiety, using cannabis for relief may not be the long-term answer, say ... read more

N-Acetylcysteine Shows Early Promise in Reducing Alcohol Use in Marijuana-Dependent Teens

Dec. 14, 2016 — N-acetylcysteine (NAC) reduced alcohol use in a small cohort of marijuana-dependent adolescents who exhibited reductions in marijuana use, report researchers. In this secondary analysis of data from ... read more

Dec. 13, 2016 — Teenagers' use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study ... read more

Dec. 7, 2016 — Relaxing with a joint around children is not very wise. Not only do youngsters inhale harmful secondary smoke in the process, but the psychoactive chemicals in the drug are taken up by their bodies ... read more

Baby Boomers on Dope: Recreational Marijuana Use Is on the Rise Among Adults Over 50

Dec. 5, 2016 — There is a common misperception that widespread marijuana use is limited to younger generations. However, the Baby Boomer generation has reported higher rates of substance use than any preceding ... read more

Marijuana Use Gender Gap Widens, Mainly Among Low-Income

Nov. 29, 2016 — Americans have experienced a six percent increase in pot use among men earning less than $20,000, corresponding to rising unemployment rate during the Great Recession, a new report ... read more

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