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Adding medication-assisted treatment to 12-step programs

Adding medication-assisted treatment to 12-step programs

Traditional 12-step programs and medication-assisted treatments (MATs) have proven to be effective for people with substance use disorders (SUDs), but new research suggests that...
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How researchers want to end the opioid crisis

A new study maps out a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis, and the researchers believe it can eventually end one of the nation’s...
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A single-paragraph letter: an unlikely contributor to the opioid epidemic

Researchers say a one-paragraph letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1980 disproportionately had an effect on the opioid epidemic. The paragraph,...
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President’s commission to combat the opioid crisis delays report again

The Trump Administration created a special commission to combat the country’s drug addiction and opioid crisis, but the commission has missed the deadline to...
Addiction crisis committee aims to save lives with new laws

Addiction crisis committee aims to save lives with new laws

A committee of lawmakers has been created to combat the spiraling opioid crisis by devising regulations that could save lives. A bipartisan group of politicians...
How do recreational opioid users perceive supervised injection sites?

How do recreational opioid users perceive supervised injection sites?

A new study shows that most people who use opioids recreationally in America would actually be willing to utilize supervised injection facilities (SIFs). SIFs are...
New website launched to target gateway drug abuse in colleges

New DEA website launched to target gateway drug abuse in colleges

Drug enforcement agents have launched a new website in a bid to crack down on illegal drug use by college students and stop later-life...
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Opioid prescriptions three times higher in 2015 than in 1999, CDC report

Although opioid prescriptions declined year to year from 2010 to 2015 nationwide, their accessibility either continued steady or increased in more than half of...
Opioid prescription numbers for injured workers plummet

Opioid prescription numbers for injured workers plummet

The number of painkilling opioids handed out to injured workers in the U.S. has seen a major drop — but remains dangerously high in...
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Unknown synthetic street drugs increase overdoses in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health (Georgia DPH) has issued a statement warning citizens about a potentially deadly substance distributed by way of street...
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New health care draft boosts opioid crisis funding, still slashes Medicaid treatment

After more than 72 experts — spanning from former White House health officials to respected doctors — showed their opposition to the Senate's health care...
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Medications for opioid use disorder see massive spikes in funding

The amount of Medicaid money spent on three crucial medications used to fight opioid use disorder (OUD) increased sharply between 2011 and 2016, with...
Changes in dopamine responses are found for the first time in recreational cocaine users

Changes in dopamine responses found for the first time in recreational cocaine users

Groundbreaking research has revealed that recreational cocaine users may be dangerously close to a substance use disorder. Among those who were not addicted to cocaine,...
Children with mental health disorders found to be at high risk of adult addiction

Children with mental health disorders found to be at high risk of adult addiction

New research has shown that people who battle mental health disorders as children are at greater risk of developing addictions as adults. Dutch researchers launched...
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Opioid addiction rates up nearly 500 percent in 7 years

The increase of Americans diagnosed with opioid addiction continues to escalate dramatically, but a very low number of them receive drug rehab, a new...
Women at risk as opioid use hospital visit numbers surge

Women at risk as opioid use hospital visit numbers surge

The number of women hospitalized due to opioid use — including painkillers and heroin — has skyrocketed in the last ten years. A new report by the...
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Study explores inequalities in public schools’ drug abuse policies

Research from a student at Allegheny College explored the inequalities of public schools’ drug abuse policies to see how they affect both drug usage...
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Level 2 trauma centers more likely to identify at-risk drinkers

Alcohol use can become a contributing factor to bodily injury, and patients who visit a trauma center to receive treatment for injuries take part...
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New opiate crisis intervention court launched to save lives

A trailblazing scheme has been launched to give urgent treatment and recovery aid to opiate users before they are put through court prosecution. The first-of-its-kind...
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Fear of fentanyl: a hidden killer

A new study reveals that over 50 percent of all drug overdose fatalities might be because of fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that can be...
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Huge drop in underage binge drinking across America

The number of youngsters binge drinking across the U.S. has dropped dramatically, according to new research. Figures from a national survey on drug use by...
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Children in welfare programs more likely to use drugs, research

Researchers sought to determine whether childhood welfare participation influenced the likelihood of drug use into young adulthood and discovered that it significantly increased the...
New UN report: the U.S. has the highest drug death rate in the world

New UN report: the US has the highest drug death rate in the world

The U.S. has the highest number of deaths that are related to drugs in the world, according to the 2017 United Nations Office on...
Opioid manufacturers sued for fraud by Missouri and Ohio attorney generals

Opioid manufacturers sued for fraud by Missouri and Ohio

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a suit against Endo Health Solutions, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Purdue Pharma in the Circuit Court of St. Louis....
80 percent of kids in Delhi’s Seemapuri are addicted to drugs

80 percent of kids in Delhi’s Seemapuri are addicted to drugs

About 80 percent of Indian children in the Delhi slum of Seemapuri are addicted to drugs, according to a study conducted by the Society...
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Drug use down among young adults who participated in PROSPER program

Middle school children who participated in PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER), a drug use prevention program in Iowa and Pennsylvania, were significantly...
Major opioid use linked to mental health disorders

Major opioid use linked to mental health disorders

A new study has revealed that people with anxiety or depression account for a huge portion of prescription opioid use. Only 16 percent of adults...
How beneficial is religious faith in addiction recovery

How beneficial is religious faith in addiction recovery?

The roles of faith and religion vary when it comes to addiction and treatment practices — according to research from the U.S. National Library...
Painkiller misuse is nearly doubled among the uninsured

Painkiller misuse is nearly doubled among the uninsured

Lack of access to health insurance coverage virtually doubles the odds of painkiller misuse, according to the latest edition of the Behavioral Health Barometer...
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FDA announces public meeting on abuse-deterrent opioids

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has announced that the FDA will host a two-day public meeting to consider whether or not abuse-deterrent...
Smoking during addiction treatment: a growing problem

Smoking during addiction treatment: a growing problem

Addiction treatment patients continue to have higher rates of cigarette use than the rest of the general population in the entire world, in spite...
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Managing meth withdrawal and detox, new analysis

Methamphetamine withdrawal comes with life-threatening symptoms and can be extremely challenging to patients and physicians. Samantha Wiendels, an M.A. counseling psychology candidate, sought to understand...
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Utah pursues Medicaid waiver to improve addiction treatment

Since July, Utah has been seeking a waiver to a Medicaid rule that prohibits the use of federal funds for addiction treatment centers with...
Non-oral use of prescription opioids doubles risks of death

Non-oral use of prescription opioids doubles risks of death

Prescription opioids are most commonly used and abused orally, but some people alter their medications and use non-oral methods of administration to experience enhanced...
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Tobacco is responsible for roughly 1 in 10 deaths worldwide, new research

About 1 in 10 deaths worldwide are tobacco-related, according to the Global Burden of Diseases Injuries and Risk Factors Study (GBD) released in April. With...
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New bill proposes harsher sentences for possession of synthetic drugs

Two members of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Dianne Feinstein, introduced a bill that would impose harsher sentences for individuals found...
How are underage drinkers influenced by alcohol ads?

How are underage drinkers influenced by alcohol ads?

Alcohol is the most used substance by adolescents in the U.S. People who are between 12 and 20 years old drink 11 percent of...
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How can thirdhand smoke affect human health?

A study looked into how early exposure to thirdhand smoke (THS) affects the development of immunity and body mass in mice and discovered that...
San Francisco budget targets opioid epidemic

San Francisco budget targets opioid epidemic

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee unveiled the city’s budget outline earlier this month, which allocates $10 billion toward programs designed to help mitigate the...
The link between cocaine addiction and vascular disease

The link between cocaine addiction and vascular disease

Most people are aware of the dangers linked to heart diseases, but blockages of accumulated plaques or cholesterol can actually impact more than the...
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Anti-heroin vaccine closer to reality, stops ‘high’ in primates

Scientists have broken new ground with a vaccine that stops the high of heroin. The experts from the Virginia Commonwealth University and the Scripps...
Methadone and buprenorphine treatment retention curbs risk of death

Methadone and buprenorphine treatment retention curbs risk of death

Retention during methadone and buprenorphine treatment is associated with significant reductions in risks of death and deadly overdoses among people dependent on opioids, a...
Approaching addiction with responsibility but not blame

Approaching addiction with responsibility but not blame

Can people accept responsibility but not blame for their actions? A new framework suggests that it’s possible, at least when it comes to drug...
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Meth addiction rehab can reverse heart damage, new research

Rehab for meth addiction can potentially undo the heart damage caused by the drug and improve heart performance when paired with related medical treatment,...
LGBQ students have higher risks for nonmedical use of prescriptions

LGBQ students have higher risks for nonmedical use of prescriptions

Researchers found a significant need to further develop specialized education, prevention, and treatment programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) college students with...
Why are wealthy teens more likely to get addicted

Why are wealthy teens more likely to get addicted?

Going to a prestigious high school, living in a comfortable home or wealthy neighborhood, and having disposable income are some factors that will increase...
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Treating polyneuropathy with long-term opioid therapy

Patients with pain related to polyneuropathy — dysfunction or damage to the peripheral nerves, which connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest...
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Research reveals cocaine could be more addictive than thought

A recent study revealed that those who engage in the recreational use of cocaine could be flirting with addiction more than previously believed. According to...
What happens when surgeons limit postoperative opioid prescriptions?

What happens when surgeons limit postoperative opioid prescriptions?

What would happen if surgeons limited the number of opioid prescriptions written to manage postoperative pain among patients that had common surgeries? According to...
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Odds of prescription opioid addiction rises sharply after 5 days of use

Patients who use prescription opioids for more than three days are more likely to become long-term users, with a sharp increase in probability occurring...

Nutrients found to improve opioid use disorder treatment

Recent research has revealed that nutritional therapy integrated with opioid use disorder treatment can be equally or more effective than traditional treatments or methadone...
The effect of alcohol and marijuana on academic performance

The effects of alcohol and marijuana on academic performance

Researchers from various universities in Connecticut analyzed the combined impact of alcohol and marijuana on the academic performance of college students and found that...
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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...
An increasing number of Americans attempt to discontinue tobacco use

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...
Marijuana use at an all-time high in 3 decades

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...
heroin addiction increases among caucasians

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...
new orleans addiction

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...
prescription opioid use on decline for high school seniors

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...
e-health tool helps drug addicts

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...
opioid epidemic worsens

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...
cocaine comeback

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,...
latinos and addiction

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...
sex worker drug rehab

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...
new york opioid crisis

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...
willpower in substance abuse treatment

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...
opioids and benzodiazepines

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...
women in drug rehab

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...
relapse drug abuse

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...
prescription drug misuse employees

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...
connect 2 disconnect opioids

‘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...
ohio addiction risk monitoring

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...
alcoholism

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...
treating opioid addiction UK

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...
identifying risk factors for relapse

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Parental support key in avoiding drug abuse in adolescents

A recent study found that a parent’s high level of disapproval regarding drugs actually mitigated a teen’s risk of drug abuse. The study, published in...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Lack of awareness puts seniors at high risk for opioid abuse

Seniors receive nearly 30 percent of all medications prescribed in the United States and make up 36 percent of the total patient population that...
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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...
e-cig safety perception

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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