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In the Face of Chronic Pain, Clinicians Seek Best Practices for Management While Evading Opioid Abuse

Apr. 16, 2016 — Researchers have discussed best practices in management of chronic pain in people with ... read more

Effects of Alcohol, Methamphetamine, and Marijuana Exposure on the Placenta

Apr. 5, 2016 — In the United States, prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is the most common preventable cause of developmental delay. Animal studies have shown some of the adverse effects of PAE on placental ... read more

Rat Study Reveals Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Amphetamine Abuse on the Brain

Mar. 30, 2016 — A study of rats given regular, high doses of amphetamine finds that those exposed to the drug at an age corresponding to human adolescence experience long-term changes in brain function that persist ... read more

Prenatal Steroids Reduce Risk of Brain Bleeding in Preemies, Stanford Study Finds

Mar. 24, 2016 — Prenatal steroid treatment reduces by half a premature baby's risk for a severe form of brain hemorrhage after birth, a study has found. The research, on nearly 26,000 premature infants, ... read more

Treating Withdrawal Symptoms Could Help Cannabis Users Quit, Study Finds

Mar. 23, 2016 — Treating symptoms of cannabis withdrawal could help heavy users stay clean longer, finds a new study. Marijuana's long half-life and users' reports of primarily psychological withdrawal ... read more

White Delinquent Youth More Likely to Abuse Hard Drugs Than Blacks

Mar. 17, 2016 — Abuse and dependence on 'hard drugs' (cocaine, hallucinogen or PCP, opiate, amphetamine and sedatives) are less common among delinquent African American youth than those who are ... read more

How Kappa Opioid Receptors Drive Anxiety

Mar. 17, 2016 — A cellular mechanism has been discovered by which kappa opioid receptors (KORs) drive anxiety. These proteins inhibit the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate in a part of the brain that ... read more

New Technique Could More Accurately Measure Cannabinoid Dosage in Marijuana Munchies

Mar. 15, 2016 — As more states decriminalize recreational use of marijuana and expand its medical applications, concern is growing about inaccurate dosage information listed on edible products. So, scientists have ... read more

Variation in Medical Marijuana Program Regulations Impacts Enrollment

Mar. 7, 2016 — A new study found that while 14 of the nation's 24 medical marijuana programs were essentially nonmedical in practice, they enrolled more than 99 percent of overall participants. Fewer than one ... read more

Group Identifications Affect Likelihood of Teenagers Smoking, Drinking and Taking Cannabis

Mar. 7, 2016 — Teenagers who interact positively with their family, school and friends are far less likely to smoke, binge drink and use cannabis than peers who fail to identify with these social groups, according ... read more

Cannabis Use in Psychotic Patients Linked to 50 Percent Higher Hospital Admission Risk

Mar. 4, 2016 — Cannabis use among people experiencing a first episode of psychotic illness is linked to a 50 per cent heightened risk of hospital admission -- including compulsory detention (sectioning) -- as well ... read more

Most Teens Who Misuse Prescription Stimulants Say They Use Other People's Medication

Mar. 3, 2016 — Using someone else's medication is the most common form of prescription stimulant misuse among adolescents, according to a study, which found that 88 percent of teens who used the drugs ... read more

Young Marijuana Users Respond Differently to Social Exclusion

Mar. 2, 2016 — Young adults who regularly use marijuana display altered brain activation patterns during social exclusion, research indicates. In a recent study, participants played a computerized game of catch ... read more

Studies Explain Adolescents' Vulnerability to Addictive Drugs

Mar. 1, 2016 — Researchers have discovered one reason why adolescents are more prone to drug addiction than adults, with findings that could lead to new treatments for addictive ... read more

Tracking the Tracker: Long Road for Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Mar. 1, 2016 — Prescription drug abuse is at a crisis level in Pennsylvania. In this story, the history of the crisis and the long political path the Commonwealth took to build a prescription drug monitoring system ... read more

Study Points to Cannabis' Effect on Emotion Processing

Feb. 29, 2016 — According to researchers, cannabis significantly affects users' ability to recognize, process and empathize with human emotions like happiness, sadness and ... read more

Colorado Visitors Using Marijuana More Likely to End Up in Emergency Room

Feb. 24, 2016 — Out-of-towners using marijuana in Colorado -- which has legally allowed sales of the drug in retail dispensaries since 2014 -- are ending up in the emergency room for marijuana-related symptoms at an ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — A research team has discovered how dopamine controls the brain’s response to cocaine. Findings from this study will reveal new insights into dopamine function in the ... read more

Bath Salts Difficult to Detect in Biological Samples, Study Finds

Feb. 19, 2016 — Synthetic cathinones or 'Bath salts' continue to be popular among recreational drug users and a new study highlights the challenges associated with the detection of these drugs in ... read more

That First Drink Is a Learning Experience

Feb. 18, 2016 — A research team has examined whether a single exposure to alcohol can induce memory and behavioral changes that could promote future drinking. Their data suggest that the perceived benefits of ... read more

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