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How do health care professionals view dual diagnoses management?

A recent study revealed that most health care professionals perceive a low commitment among patients with dual diagnoses — a person who has a...
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Norway: convicted drug users can choose rehab but may still go to prison

Last year, Norway passed a law determining that the Norwegian courts have the power to sentence convicted drug users to an addiction treatment center...
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Pennsylvania awarded significant grants to aid in addiction recovery and prevention

The Health and Human Services Administration has announced that it will provide $485 million in grants to all 50 states to help combat the...
The impacts of heavy drinking on the brain

The impacts of heavy drinking on the brain

The impacts of heavy drinking on the human brain and the behavioral changes linked to excessive alcohol consumption were recently analyzed in a study...
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Family members can be first responders and lifesavers in opioid overdoses

Although the opioid epidemic continues to be a nationwide concern, a new study reveals that family members and communities have the capacity to...
Opioid use has not decreased as concerns increase, poll

Opioid use has not decreased as concerns increase, poll

More Americans use and abuse prescription opioids despite increased awareness related to the dangers of the medical and nonmedical use of prescription opioids, according...
Borderline personality disorder and addiction: an impulsive link

Borderline personality disorder and addiction: an impulsive link

Substance use disorder (SUD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) are normally associated with impulsive behaviors. Naturally, when both conditions meet, impulsivity is often one...
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ARMOT program fights opioid epidemic in rural Pennsylvania

The Addiction Recovery Mobile Outreach Team (ARMOT) is actively reducing overdoses and overdose-related deaths from opioid use in rural areas of Pennsylvania. ARMOT is federally...
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Attorney general calls for harsher sentences on drug offenses despite conflicts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has given an order to prosecutors stating they should seek the full charges in each criminal offense, reversing key Obama...
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More states look at implementing mandatory opioid abuse education

In 2014, 1.3 million adolescents, ages 12 to 17, had a substance use disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration....
New data: 33 percent of Americans binge drink

New data: 33 percent of Americans have participated in past-year binge drinking

Approximately 33 percent of American adults have been binge drinking on at least one occasion within a year, according to a study that will...
Opioid-addicted teens lack medication-assisted treatment

Opioid-addicted teens lack medication-assisted treatment

A recent study found that there is a significant lack of access to and utilization of developmentally appropriate treatment for adolescents and young adults...
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The adverse influence of alcohol in suicides

Although there is a growing body of data linking alcohol use to suicide, recent research looked into how alcohol retail density levels and blood...
Social customs that improve addiction recovery

Social customs that can improve addiction recovery

Studies have shown several beneficial habits for individuals transitioning from substance use to sobriety: Peer support, meditation, and a healthy diet are some recommendations...
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The risks of long-term opioid use after surgery

Opioid prescribing after surgery regularly occurs in excess, and the risks of new long-term use are more common than previous research revealed, according to...
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Year-long sobriety boosts satisfaction with life, brain functions and more

A year-long commitment to sobriety for those who struggle with a polysubstance disorder leads to mental benefits and improved brain functioning, according to a...
National Governors Association sponsors opioid addiction recovery learning lab for prisons

National Governors Association sponsors opioid addiction recovery learning lab for prisons

The National Governors Association (NGA) has partnered with eight states to provide a learning lab that will focus on the development and implementation of...
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New safety threats found in a third of FDA-approved drugs

New safety threats are found in a third of the drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a...
Opioid use disorder raises odds of death by ten times in hospital care

Opioid use disorder raises odds of death by ten times in hospital care

A recent study found that individuals with opioid use disorders who received medical services in a university health system were 10 times more likely...
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Poor sleep habits linked to alcohol use disorder in youths

Adolescent students who reported daytime sleepiness were more likely to drink alcohol, experience episodes of heavy drinking, alcohol use disorder or related complications, according...
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Kenyan children use inhalants to escape poverty

Clouds of white smoke surround the poor and hungry children who live in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. They are huffing inhalants, usually out...
Drug rehab patients with ADHD use cocaine at an earlier age

Drug rehab patients with ADHD use cocaine at an earlier age

Patients in drug rehab who have characteristics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to start using cocaine and enter treatment at...
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More Americans are trying to quit smoking, study

Since 2012, more Americans have made a serious attempt to quit smoking, according to a recent study, which highlighted that attempts increased to 55...
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Fatal car crashes now more likely to be linked to drugs than alcohol

The rate of drugged drivers killed in accidents has now surpassed the rate of drunk drivers for the first time, according to a comprehensive...
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Heroin-related overdose deaths triple in 5 years, new report

Approximately 25 percent of all drug-related overdose fatalities in the U.S. involved heroin in 2015, a threefold increase from 2010, according to a government...
The promising world of relapse prevention techs

The promising world of relapse prevention techs

Mobile apps for telemedicine have become increasingly popular, enabling physicians to easily reach their patients. But now, more and more apps are focusing specifically...
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Abstinence and social support crucial to improved quality of life after drug detox

Maintaining abstinence and receiving social support after inpatient drug detox are key factors in improving the quality of life of an individual in recovery,...
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Availability, legality and safety misconceptions fueled a global opioid crisis

The transition from opioid prescription pills to heroin has been well documented, but recent research shed light on the factors that have led to...
Removing the stigma of addiction and mental health transforms the Muslim community

Removing the stigma of addiction and mental health transforms the Muslim community

Aiming to reduce the harm associated with substance use and mental health illness in Muslim communities, Canadian researchers recently conducted a study that revealed...
Meth-based drug ‘yaba' spreads from Southeast Asia into the rest of the continent

Meth-based drug ‘yaba’ spreads from Southeast Asia into the rest of the continent

While the dying Southeast Asian opium production has been rekindled, Laos and Myanmar have moved on to producing yaba and exporting the product to...
Gov’t agencies, orgs discuss opioid epidemic at national Rx conference

Gov’t agencies, orgs discuss opioid epidemic at national Rx conference

Key figures in the battle against the opioid epidemic gathered at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia last week...
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Marijuana use among college students hits 30-year high

Marijuana use among college students is at its highest in 30 years with the most significant increases occurring in the past three years, according...
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Binge drinking in NYC by neighborhood, race and ethnicity

A 2016 study looked into the relationship between binge drinking and different New York City neighborhoods, with a focus on race and ethnicity. “Drinking behaviors...
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New data shows risks of opioid misuse among pregnant women

A recent government report revealed that approximately 21,000 pregnant women, ages 15 to 44, engaged in opioid misuse within the past month. The findings —...
ASAM hosts first Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week

ASAM hosts first Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) announced last week that the first Addiction Treatment Gap Awareness Week is occurring from April 24th to...
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Strong connectivity between brain networks can predict and prevent cocaine relapse

Connectivity between several networks in the brain may protect against the risk of cocaine relapse, a new study conducted by researchers from the National...
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NIDA introduces the Drugs and the Brain Wallet Card for relapse prevention

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) revealed a new relapse prevention tool intended for at-risk offenders departing correctional facilities: The Drugs and the...
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Clinton Foundation, pharma co. to provide overdose reversal drug to colleges

The Clinton Foundation has partnered with Adapt Pharma to supply colleges across the United States with five free doses of the life-saving opioid overdose...
Why are teen athletes more likely to misuse opioids?

Why are teen athletes more likely to misuse opioids?

Adolescents who play at least one high contact sport are at a high risk for engaging in the nonmedical use of prescription opioids (NUPO)...
Evidence-based program curbs drug use among teens and their peers

Evidence-based curriculum curbs drug use among teens and their peers

A national curriculum designed to educate children aged 10 to 14 has shown to curb drug use for not only participants of the program...
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Substance use disorders linked to suicide rates for US veterans

U.S. veterans are particularly vulnerable to suicidal tendencies when substance use disorders (SUDs) are present, especially among female veterans, new research published in the...
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1.5 million Americans with mental illness misused opioids last year

Approximately 11.7 million adults in the U.S. (4.8 percent) have misused opioids within the past year, and roughly 9.8 million adults (4.0 percent) struggled...
New research finds brain systems that can help curb cocaine abuse

New research finds brain systems that can help curb cocaine abuse

A new study suggests a possible approach to treating cocaine abuse and preventing relapse by curbing physical and emotional cravings in the brain. The research...
The impact of age in the relationship between alcohol use and violence

The impact of age in the relationship between alcohol use and violence

Researchers analyzed the role of age-related changes in the relationship between violent behavior and alcohol use in the December issue of the journal Addictive...
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Naloxone distribution with clean syringe programs saves lives of opioid users

Safe and clean syringe service programs that distribute the opioid antagonist naloxone can help save lives if combined with cost effective pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)...
FDA Nominee on opioid crisis

FDA nominee Gottlieb warns about opioid crisis

During his confirmation hearing, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a physician and the nominee for head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), warned senators about...
Research finds weight-loss pill that can be helpful in opioid addiction recovery

Research finds that weight-loss pill can be helpful in opioid addiction recovery

Researchers found that people looking to recover from an opioid addiction could benefit from a weight-loss drug: lorcaserin. The pill, marketed as Belviq, was...
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Breakthrough in exploration of safer opioids for pain management

A new study discovered that two newly-researched compounds curbed pain responses in monkeys causing little to no respiratory issues and a lowered probability for...
New data supports use of muscle relaxant to treat alcoholism

New data supports use of muscle relaxant to treat alcoholism

French health care authorities gathered at a Paris conference on March 17 to announce that two clinical studies had been finalized, and their results...
opioid use linked to rise in cocaine overdoses

Opioid use linked to rise in cocaine overdoses

Opioid use is increasing cocaine-related overdose deaths, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed. Christopher Jones, the study’s lead researcher,...
addiction treatment now more popular among asian americans and pacific islanders

Addiction treatment now more popular among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are increasingly seeking addiction treatment, but not all segments of this population are open to treatment, a recent study...
Exploring the adolescent brain to prevent substance use disorders

Exploring the adolescent brain to prevent substance use disorders

Researchers sought to help develop effective early prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk adolescents with substance use disorders (SUDs) by focusing on specific brain...
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Christie tapped to head new committee to tackle US opioid crisis

The Trump administration recently appointed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to chair a special commission to fight the opioid crisis in the country. And...

Functional MRI used to investigate new drugs for drug relapse prevention

Researchers in the UK are studying the effects of experimental medicines using functional MRI (fMRI) technology to investigate the neuropharmacology of brain processes including...
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Heroin addiction increases among Caucasians in the US

Heroin use and heroin-related disorders have substantially surged since 2001, especially among whites and undereducated, low-income males, according to new findings published last week...
Young adults struggle with barriers to addiction treatment access

Young adults struggle with barriers to addiction treatment access

Young adults struggling with nonmedical prescription opioid substance use disorders face several barriers to addiction treatment access including patient-level barriers, provider-level barriers, health care...
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New death data leads New Orleans to promote addiction treatment

A report released last week by the New Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office shows there were more drug overdose deaths in New Orleans in 2016...
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Prescription opioid use in decline for high school seniors

Prescription opioid consumption is decreasing nationwide among high school seniors, a study revealed this month. The research, published in the journal Pediatrics, examined data from...
People struggling with addiction are now using their pets to get drugs

People struggling with addiction are now using pets to get drugs

The national opioid epidemic shows its true colors again, reflected in the lengths its victims will go to get their fix. Law enforcement officials...
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Cutting through the chatter: Toxicovigilance and Twitter

Tracking the rate and incidence of nonmedical use of prescription medications has typically been done by agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...
pennsylvania to adopt asam guidelines for addiction treatment

Pennsylvania to adopt ASAM guidelines for addiction treatment

Pennsylvania is the newest state planning to adopt Criteria, a tool developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) that defines a single...
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E-health tool ORION may help change behavior in addiction recovery

The journal of Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems published a study in January that determined there was an increased probability of patients in addiction...
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Opioid epidemic worsens ‘deaths of despair’ among middle-aged white people

Despite decades of improvement, mortality rates among white, middle-aged Americans are on the rise, and the opioid epidemic has accelerated the incline. In their recently...
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Cocaine is making a comeback, new numbers

A few months ago, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported a drop in the number of cocaine users in America,...
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Unique obstacles put US Latinos at risk for addiction

Immigrant and U.S.-born Latino adults face disadvantageous social and psychological circumstances that can impact health outcomes and lead to anxiety and substance addiction, according...
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Study explains why female sex workers have poor drug rehab results

Street sex workers often have a difficult time getting the most out of drug rehab because of their inability to discuss the root causes...
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Chirlane McCray on NYC’s new effort to fight the opioid crisis

On March 13, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray launched HealingNYC, a new effort against the opioid crisis...
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Willpower not as important in substance abuse recovery, study

Some people believe willpower is what’s needed most when overcoming drug addiction, but a new study provides evidence that the use of recovery strategies...
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Opioids and benzodiazepines: A deadly combination

A recent study reveals that when doctors don’t prescribe opioids concurrently with a benzodiazepine, opioid overdose-related hospital trips could be reduced by 15 percent. This...
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Progress in drug rehab may be more difficult for women

A study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Women and Health indicates that women show slower therapeutic progress in drug rehab...
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The most important factors of relapse to drug abuse

A study published in the International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction, in November, identified and measured the most important factors linked to...
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Prescription misuse impacts more than 70 percent of employers in the US

On March 9, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a nationwide survey showing that more than 70 percent of American employers are directly impacted...

Drug rehab recovery more successful if completed for 30 days or more

Patients in drug rehab recovery are more likely to succeed when they are in treatment for more than 30 days, according to a new...
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‘Connect 2 Disconnect’: new campaign educates parents on opioids

Earlier this month, David M. Hoovler, the district attorney of Orange County, New York, launched a campaign dubbed 'Connect 2 Disconnect,' which aims to...
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Eye on Ohio: how the state is monitoring their opioid crisis

Ohio’s opioid crisis is at the center of a new case study that reviewed and analyzed policies and strategies used to prevent the state’s...
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The similarity between workaholism and alcoholism  

In 1971, minister and psychologist Wayne Oates created the word ‘workaholism’ —  an analogy to alcoholism due to the similar destructive compulsion that characterizes...

Implant from Turkey could treat addiction worldwide

After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a version of buprenorphine called Probuphine to be used as an implant to treat opioid abuse...
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Treating opioid addiction in the United Kingdom

In recent years, the United Kingdom has seen a significant increase in deaths linked to illicit drugs, most of which were caused by opioids....

GOP bill would cut Medicaid for substance abuse treatment

It’s been 10 days since House Republicans introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that looks to repeal and replace the Affordable...
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New immunotherapy can change cocaine addiction treatment

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have developed an antibody to prevent the effects of cocaine from reaching the brain,...

Senator hopes to help those in addiction treatment centers with Clean Start Act

A senator from West Virginia introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate earlier this month that aims to aid people in addiction treatment centers....
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5K in Delaware raises $150,000 to fight drug addiction

On March 4, more than 2,000 people came together in Delaware to participate in the fourth annual atTAcK addiction 5K rally, a fundraiser organized...

Filipino drug rehabs receive funding from private sector

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has been waging a war on drug traffickers since he assumed office, but only a few attempts were...

Can drug tests make addiction recovery more effective?

Research suggests that accurate drug tests during the addiction recovery process can be invaluable tools in fostering recovery and that removing the stigma attached...

California opioid tax aims to help drug rehabs

A California lawmaker introduced a bill last week that would impose a tax on prescription opioids in an effort to improve funding for drug...
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Autism spectrum disorders increase risk of addiction

Historically, clinicians have been under the impression that drug addiction happens rarely among individuals who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but new evidence proves...

Web-based addiction treatment shows promise in Japan

Japanese researchers examined a web-based addiction treatment program that aimed to counter cognitive behavioral relapse. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

A new candidate for alcohol addiction treatment: ibudilast

UCLA researchers sought to determine the efficacy of ibudilast in alcohol addiction treatment in a new study published last month in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Mostly...
The value of control and support in addiction recovery groups

The value of control and support in addiction recovery groups

Peer recovery group meetings are widely popular among recovering addicts and can be powerful tools in the road to sobriety for various reasons. However,...
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The impact of meditation on the brain during addiction treatment

Devan Thrash has been off meth for the past 16 months, and credited meditation with helping her maintain her sobriety. “Before I went into...
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The value of addiction treatment aftercare participation

A 2017 study published in the Open Journal of Psychiatry found that the likelihood of a patient sustaining addiction recovery can be predicted by...
Diversity in social interactions boosts addiction recovery

Diversity in social interactions boosts addiction recovery, new study finds

The Journal of Applied Social Psychology recently published a study that posed a question about addiction recovery: “Is it me or should my friends...

The importance of addiction treatment engagement

Researchers from Brandeis University recently conducted a study to find out whether engagement in outpatient addiction treatment can reduce the chance of a subsequent...

Addiction treatment program using text messaging yields positive results

A pilot study published in the American Journal of Addiction found that adolescents in six- and nine-month addiction treatment aftercare were less likely to...
A new killer in Peach State: 'Gray Death'

A new killer in the Peach State: ‘Gray Death’

A new toxic substance that resembles concrete mixing powder and is being referred to as ‘gray death’ was recently linked to several deaths in...
The branches of addiction recovery and intervention approaches

The branches of addiction recovery and intervention approaches

A research paper published in last month’s issue of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing provided a deeper look into a range...
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Mother Nature’s impact on the illegal drug trade

A new study published in the journal Sociology and Criminology analyzed the impact of natural disasters on the illegal drug trade, and found increased...
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Identifying drug relapse risk factors

A research project at California State University in San Bernardino identified several factors that may cause people who have completed their first 12-step program...
Interventions to prevent adolescent drug abuse

The most effective interventions to prevent adolescent drug abuse

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health looked at different substance abuse interventions for teenagers and determined which ones were the...
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Viacom and Surgeon General launch addiction awareness campaign

Amidst a wave of digital resources for addiction treatment, media giant Viacom launched LISTEN a multimedia campaign that aims to spread awareness and promote...
Treating chronic pain as mental and substance use disorders meet

Treating chronic pain as mental health and substance use disorders meet

The Columbia University Medical Review recently published a proposal for a new, multi-disciplinary approach to managing the use of opioids to treat chronic pain...
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Telephone-based aftercare after inpatient drug rehab fosters compliance

Numerous studies have determined that intensive outreach and care after discharge from inpatient drug rehab demonstrated favorable outcomes for patients compared to standard outpatient...
treating pain without opioids

Treating pain without opioids

For individuals suffering from chronic pain while also managing a substance use disorder (SUD), treatment results can be adverse, but non-drug coping mechanisms are...
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New technique shows promise in helping mothers in addiction recovery

Studies have shown that mothers with a history of substance abuse are more likely to lose custody of their children, but a new report...
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Researchers develop drug abuse prevention program for young girls

Age and gender can play important roles in addiction recovery and drug abuse prevention. What may be an effective method of addiction treatment or prevention...
UMass Medical School partners with correctional leaders to expand addiction treatment

UMass Medical School partners with correctional leaders to expand addiction treatment

On January 31, the University of Massachusetts Medical School announced a collaboration with leaders from New England-based correctional departments in aims to research and...
A three-pronged, non-pharmacological approach to addiction treatment

A three-pronged, non-pharmacological approach to addiction treatment

Mindfulness has long been considered an effective tool in addiction treatment. Techniques such as yoga and meditation can provide a sense of balance and...
The impact of age and gender on the mental health of drug addicts

The impact of age and gender on the mental health of drug addicts

A recent study offered a glimpse into the impacts that age and gender have on the mental health of people struggling with drug addiction. Researchers...
Naltrexone in outpatient drug detox

New potential for naltrexone in outpatient drug detox

A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that an oral, extended-release version of naltrexone was safe, effective, and tolerated by...
drug abuse and internet addiction among students

Exploring the link between drug abuse and internet addiction among students

A recent study, published in the journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management, surveyed 385 Iranian high school students on their internet usage and drug...
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Making physical exercise work in addiction treatment

Last month’s volume of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment included a research that explored the benefit of physical exercise in addiction treatment. “Exercise has...
Addiction treatment barriers for people with co-occurring disorders

Addiction treatment barriers for people with co-occurring disorders

The two main obstacles to addiction and mental health treatment for people with co-occurring disorders are personal characteristic barriers, such as psychosis, and structural...
prescription drug monitoring program

Understanding the value of prescription drug monitoring programs

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are important tools in curbing the opioid crisis and reducing the need for addiction treatment. These are state-run databases...
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Tech-assisted intervention for teens in drug rehab works, study says

Researchers adapted and evaluated technology-assisted interventions for parents of teenagers in drug rehab, and according to their 2017 study, the results have the potential...
mandatory drug rehab

Voluntary drug rehab more effective than mandatory drug rehab in preventing recidivism, study shows

Mandatory drug rehab isn’t as effective as voluntary treatment in preventing criminal recidivism, a recent systematic review published in the International Journal of Drug...
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Social listening is a valuable resource for monitoring substance abuse

Infoveillance, the process of social listening in order to identify and evaluate what is said about an individual, product, brand or company through the...
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Examining the contributing factors in addiction

In an effort to understand what makes someone susceptible to addiction, researchers from the Department of Psychology at Marshall University studied the integral role...
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Opioid epidemic hackathon funds new approaches to addiction treatment and overdose prevention

The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) joined forces with the GE Foundation (General Electric’s philanthropic organization) in a hackathon that united more than...
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Drug detox with follow-up treatment during pregnancy reduces fetal health risks

Many pregnant women fear that the changes they may undergo while detoxing from opioids could cause harm to their unborn babies. However, recent research...
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Addiction treatment strategies for the antisocial

Certain behavioral traits have long been associated with a risk for drug abuse, but new research published in the journal Behavioral Sciences by researchers...
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New Jersey takes legislative action amidst growing drug epidemic

State leaders in New Jersey passed legislation in response to the state’s drug epidemic and have implemented new programs that emphasize effective pathways into...
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Toronto man chronicles journey through drug addiction and recovery

Toronto resident Brian Paolino wonders how someone can be interested in a 35-year-old who “grew up biologically but not psychologically.” Paolino explained he thinks the...
drug cocktails in fatal overdoses

The understated role of drug cocktails in fatal overdoses

Death certificates often underreport the role of drug cocktails involved in fatal overdoses, according to a new report in the journal SSM - Population...
non-medical use of prescription stimulants in college grades

Non-medical use of prescription stimulants doesn’t improve college grades

It’s a widespread belief that non-medical use of prescription stimulants (NPS) like Adderall or Ritalin can help college students improve their study habits and...
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The link between negative sexual events and prescription drug misuse

Sexual events perceived as negative among college students are often associated with the misuse of prescription drugs, a new study published in the journal...
parental support key in avoiding drug abuse adolescents

Parental support key in avoiding drug abuse in adolescents

A recent study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors found that a parent’s high level of disapproval regarding drugs actually mitigated a teen’s risk...
NIH gives researcher money to study effects of meth on wounds

NIH gives researcher $431,700 to study effects of meth on wounds

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded microbiologist Luis Martinez, Ph.D., a three-year grant of $431,700 to research the impacts of methamphetamines on...
understanding substance cravings

Understanding substance cravings

Substance use disorder is recognized as a brain disease, characterized by persistent drug-seeking behavior in spite of negative consequences. A primary component of ongoing...
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Experts call for an “addiction-ary” to change the way people talk about addiction

The growing awareness surrounding addiction and stigmas has led experts to call for a comprehensive consensus on an “addiction-ary” to frame how we talk...
women and opioid addiction

Women face unique challenges in overcoming opioid dependence

Women are often voiceless casualties of the opioid crisis that has swept across the United States. However, a recent white paper from the Office...
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Quitting cannabis is difficult without confidence

Chronic cannabis smokers who doubted their own ability to abstain had less success in maintaining abstinence after a six-week Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program...
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Not enough evidence to link opiate use and crime, study shows

The International Journal of Drug Policy recently published a systematic review of 20 studies on opiate use, which showed that there’s a lack of...
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Positive aspects of youth development and drug use examined in new study

A 2017 study published in the Journal of Drug Issues sought to examine the perceived strengths of teenagers entering rehab for substance use disorders...
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North Dakota combats triple-digit rise in fatal overdoses with outreach and education

Fatal overdoses in North Dakota increased 125 percent from 2013 to 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 20...
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Men more likely than women to receive emergency room referrals to drug detox

Men are nearly twice as likely as women to receive referrals to drug detox programs upon discharge from emergency departments, a recent study found....
Perception of heroin maintenance treatment drugs

The changing perception of heroin and maintenance treatment drugs

A recent study explored the perceived dangers, symbolism and cultural framing surrounding opioid, heroin and maintenance treatment substances among licit and illicit drug users...
Tangible rewards useful addition addiction treatment programs

Tangible rewards can be a useful addition to addiction treatment programs

Contingency management (CM), a new form of behavioral intervention, has shown to be effective and useful when integrated into addiction treatment programs, according to...
Study effectiveness of ignition locks for drunk driving offenders

New study validates effectiveness of ignition interlocks for drunk driving offenders

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) decrease the number of deadly crashes in states where the devices are required for individuals convicted of drunk driving, a...
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Levels of mental distress after addiction treatment linked to admission pathways

People who voluntarily seek addiction treatment are less likely to exhibit signs of mental distress six months after their course of treatment when compared...
from drug addict to missionary

The faithful way out: from addicted drug dealer to reformed missionary

Before 12-year-old Kayden Carlos started sixth grade, he experimented with alcohol. Shortly after, he smoked marijuana with friends at a concert and got his first...
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Involving social workers in opioid addiction treatment plans

A recent study suggested that the involvement of social workers in treating opioid addiction increased the general health of patients. Areas including social, professional,...
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Curbing abuse and overdoses through opioid stewardship

Last December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its website with information about antibiotic stewardship -- a practice that describes a...
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Increase in marijuana use linked to economic insecurity, new study shows

A recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence aimed to explore the nature of socioeconomic and gender habits in marijuana use...
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Synthetic opioid-related deaths soar 80 percent in one-year span

There were 28,647 drug poisoning deaths attributed to opioids in 2014. The rates of opioid abuse in the United States continue to be on...
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Improving cognitive functions for sustainable addiction recovery

Many people who suffer from substance use disorder also struggle with impaired cognitive functions, which makes sustained addiction recovery more difficult. Recent research published in...
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Indiana governor attacks state’s opioid problem with ‘boldness and courage’

The state of Indiana has taken strides to help its residents access high-quality care and treatment for opioid addiction. On Monday, two bills unanimously passed...
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Perception of e-cig safety evolves, new study finds

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have become popular in recent years largely because they’re seen as a safer alternative to tobacco-based products. But the perception...
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Pennsylvania takes ‘all hands on deck’ approach to opioid crisis

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, invited House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) to visit a drug treatment center in his state where many patients...
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The cultural perceptions of prescription and illicit drug addiction

Patterns of drug use began to change in the U.S. in the 1990s – a decade that ended with more Americans reporting they had...
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Social media linked to rise in prescription drug abuse

A 2017 study revealed a correlation between the popularity of social media and the rise of non-medical prescription drug use. The plethora of online...
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The role of fundraising websites in addiction recovery

In an era of many virtual happenings, it’s common to see people resort to online forums or social media platforms whenever any assistance is...
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New Mexico Department of Health announces decline in fatal overdoses

New Mexico was among the five states with the highest number of drug overdose fatalities between 2013 and 2014; the state saw a 20.8...
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Iraq’s growing drug problem: From corridor to producer

A string of drug raids and arrests throughout Iraq may indicate a structural change in the country’s drug market and severity of its growing...
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Challenges and new tools to assess addiction

Recent studies showed that effective drug addiction treatment starts with an all-around assessment. The Addictions Neuroclinical Assessment (ANA) is the new addiction assessment method recommended...
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Emergency room physicians look for solutions to curb opioid overdoses

Emergency room physicians are often blamed for the rising number of opioid overdoses in the U.S. because they are generally the first to prescribe...
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Minnesota responds to opioid crisis with strategies focused on inclusion and awareness

Opioid-related deaths in Minnesota increased fivefold between 1999 and 2014. And in 2015, there were 216 deaths related to opioid pain relievers, according to...
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Asking the right questions before taking prescription opioids

More Americans are now becoming aware of the nationwide opioid epidemic that continues to affect millions of people. However, it’s just as critical for...
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The Jellinek Curve and its contribution to addiction recovery

The name E.M. Jellinek might be unfamiliar but the changes he brought to the field of addiction studies are well-known. From the 1930's until...
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Getting through post-acute withdrawal syndrome

Addiction is not just a temporary habit or a hiccup of dependence, it is a chronic brain disorder that develops over an extended period...
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Confidence wanes on the front lines of drug dispensation

A survey was completed by 82 pharmacists from Manitoba, Canada, of which more than 90 percent worked full time in a community pharmacy, and...
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The legal consequences of using drugs while pregnant

Drug abuse among pregnant women surfaced as a public health problem in the U.S. in the 80s, and legislators have been discussing contrasting views...
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The rising price of a second chance at life

The overdose reversal drug naloxone has been a vital tool in combating the opioid crisis across the United States. But as its importance has...
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eHealth company awaits FDA approval for digital addiction therapy

The first prescription digital therapy designed to treat substance use disorder (SUD) is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boston...
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Oregon combats opioid crisis with multi-pronged strategy

The Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division found that in 2013, out of 4 million Oregonians, 1 million of them received an opioid prescription...
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Decline in OxyContin abuse undermined by increase in fatal heroin overdoses

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Rand Corporation have directly linked the anti-abuse reformulation of OxyContin to the sharp rise in fatal heroin...
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Risk for addiction can start before birth

Alterations in gene expressions could predict propensity to addiction, a recent study has shown. Most people are not familiarized with the term ‘epigenetics’, but new...
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New study validates Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment programs

A new study from the Society for the Study of Addiction validated the value of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s...
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The international prevalence of smoking in addiction treatment

Internationally, cigarette smoking is higher among patients in addiction treatment when compared to the general populace, according to a study published in the Society for...
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Technologies to prevent drug diversion gain traction amidst opioid crisis

Misuse of prescription pills continues to be a growing public health problem in the U.S. It is estimated that 20 percent of adults, or...
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The prevalence and impact of social media addiction in adolescents

A study published this month in the journal PLOS ONE revealed that problematic social media use is a very real complication among adolescents. European researchers...
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The susceptibility of addiction in sex and gender

A study released last November suggested that the sex of an individual does play a role in determining susceptibility to addiction. However, the effect...
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Subpopulations of intravenous drug users in Canada want addiction treatment but can’t get it

Certain segments of the Canadian population who inject drugs are unable to receive treatment for their substance use disorder despite being motivated to get...
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New York State to spend $8.1 million to expand addiction treatment services

On Thursday, New York State officials announced more than $8 million in funding to be allocated to addiction treatment programs in the western and...
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Wearable tech could replace opioids for pain relief

While millions of Americans are addicted to painkillers prescribed by their doctors, new technologies are surfacing to ease pain symptoms and avoid dependence on...
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A virtual ‘heroin cave’ to tempt and temper

It’s a virtual house party, a ‘heroin cave’ filled with triggers -- partygoers using and dealing drugs, a table peppered with syringes, pill bottles...
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Why are women more likely to get hooked on cocaine?

Women are generally more vulnerable to drug addiction than men, especially when it comes to cocaine. This week, the Journal Nature Communications published a study...
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Female inmates list drug use as primary motivation for committing burglary

Drug use is more of a motivating factor for women to commit burglary than it is for men, according to a new study published...
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Program tailored for foster families shows promise in preventing drug abuse

A 2016 pilot study tested the feasibility, usability and outcomes of a family-based substance use prevention program for foster families. “There’s a lot of evidence...
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Justice isn’t colorblind when it comes to drug abuse, incarceration and treatment

Justice may be considered blind, but a new study shows that it’s definitely not colorblind. Researchers from Yale University, Drexel University, and American University recently...
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OxyContin targets the world

OxyContin, the powerful opioid-based painkiller, has seen a 40 percent drop in sales since 2010, and the manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, plans to recover by...
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Acupuncture may help ease psychological symptoms of opioid addiction

Chinese health practitioners claim acupuncture can treat everything from migraines, anxiety, body pains, insomnia, and ease the psychological symptoms associated with opioid addiction. Acupuncture —...
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Does sobriety alleviate or aggravate the stress of motherhood?

Pregnant women in different parts of the world are warned about the dangers of consuming alcohol and/or drugs. While most of them try to...
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Economic burden of opioid abusers accumulates months before formal diagnosis, study finds

A study published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy earlier this month sought to address the economic burden of opioid abuse...
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New fentanyl derivative to blame for opioid deaths

Furanyl fentanyl is a derivative of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which produces a high similar to heroin but is 50 times more potent. It...
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The role of religion in addiction treatment

The phrase ‘addiction doesn’t discriminate’ has been used for years as a reminder that drug and alcohol abuse can affect anyone from any walk...
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Detoxing from heroin

As heroin use continues to rise across many demographics, Americans are scrambling to find solutions to the epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease...
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Police program offers addiction treatment without judgment or jail time

The Angel Program, a recently launched program by the Gloucester Police Department that offers direct referral for drug detoxification or rehabilitation treatment, has proven...
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Apps to maintain sobriety

The modern world is evolving to meet the demands of people struggling with ongoing sobriety, and they’re doing it with smartphone apps aiming to...
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New study takes a closer look at the biology of gambling addiction

A new study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry showed that cravings related to gambling addiction stimulate the same pathways in the brain as addiction...
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Roadblocks to treatment can trigger intravenous drug use in disadvantaged youth

Researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS conducted a study that examined the relationship between initiation of intravenous drug use (IDU)...
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The impact of addiction on siblings

Ian Jones of Lake Forest, Calif., died from a drug overdose in his sister April’s arms in October 2014. He was 26 years old. “I...
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Pharma execs arrested for alleged kickback scheme

Six former executives and managers of pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics, Inc. were arrested on allegations including conspiracy to commit racketeering, bribing doctors, and fraud...
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Kasich signs new law to combat opioid crisis in Ohio

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich signed a new law to fight the opioid addiction problem in his home state on Wednesday. The key components of...
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You’ve got mail… soaked in drugs

Prisons are cracking down on inmates receiving drug-soaked mail from the outside world, and new technology is aiming to stop contraband from landing in...
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Marijuana blunts natural reward responses in the brain

Scientists at the University of Michigan, along with Florida International University’s (FIU) Center for Children and Families, found previously unreported behavioral effects marijuana has...
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The shifting demographics of heroin abuse

There has been a marked shift in the demographics of heroin users over the past several decades, recent research showed. Heroin use has gone...
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Early substance use forecasts grim future

Harvard researchers reviewed data indicating that people who experiment with drugs early in life are at the highest risk of becoming addicted as they...
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The dermatology of addiction

Drug addiction is a topic that tends to spark conversation about psychosocial matters, and while drugs are notorious for having profound effects on all...
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Small set of genes can predict propensity to heroin addiction with 85 percent accuracy

A 2016 study identified a small set of genes that can predict who has a high propensity to heroin addiction. Genetic predisposition to heroin addiction...

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